Posted: Friday July 28, 2017
SoCo Nightlife and The Golden Triangle District
SoCo Nightlife is very grateful to house our venues in the Golden Triangle District of downtown Denver and we do our best to be involved in our community as much as we possibly can.
Our Events Coordinator, April, is the Treasurer on the Golden Triangle Partnership. The GTP is not designated as a non-profit but they use the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center to run all of their financials. April uses a spreadsheet they provide to keep track of the entire budget for the group over the duration of a year. The GTP has an Executive Director and a part time staff member as well.
The Golden Triangle District needs an Improvement District, which will cost around $100,000 in total, but this may not pass. The Golden Triangle is unique in the fact that we have a partnership in the neighborhood but we are not designated as a CCI, or creative district, by the State of Colorado. Neighborhoods such as the Santa Fe Arts District and River North (RiNo) ARE given this designation, which means they are granted money from the state in order to operate. Without this funding, the neighborhood organization will have to shut down and all of the collaboration and promotion for events within this area will die off. Councilman Wayne Nu is the one spearheading this movement.
It’s important for the Golden Triangle District to get this funding in 2017 because our neighborhood is one of the sole areas in the city that houses all of the history museums, art museums, and many other cultural gems. The financial needs of the GTP include items along the lines of:
- Staff salaries
- Pet cleaning stations
- Neighborhood clean ups
- Engaging local talent for performances
- Final Fridays
The Golden Triangle Partnership consists of 28 board members. Each board member is responsible for raising $4,000 a piece. They either have to personally contribute to serve on the board or must identify a financier in their place. The GTP is split into two different groups: one group is dedicated to lobbying the city for money and the other recruits people to join as members.
The Golden Triangle Partnership is currently hosting a movement on the last Friday of every month called Final Fridays. This essentially is designed to mirror the First Friday Art Walk in the Santa Fe Arts District. A variety of different businesses open their doors to the public for viewing and the neighborhood sees an influx of foot traffic. Attendees can view art galleries, play on interactive art installations, eat at one of the many tasty restaurants in the area, shop in neighborhood boutiques, and engage in a variety of different activities.
SoCo also partners with a handful of different businesses in the area. The ART is a luxury hotel across from the nightclubs that is intimate, creative, and refined. Its location is perfect for our venues and we book all of the artists playing there.
We’ve also had an incredibly long-standing partnership with Westword, whose offices are housed on the corner of 10th & Broadway. Westword hosts large, annual events such as Artopia at City Hall and Westword Music Showcase which takes place in all of the SoCo Nightlife venues (The Church, Club Vinyl, Bar Standard, Milk Bar, and the Living Room) showcasing local talent.
The owner of SoCo Nightlife District also owns the buildings where Roostercat Coffeehouse and Quixote’s Burritos live. (Both places are awesome – you should try them if you haven’t already!)
Finally, residing on the corner of 13th & Sherman, City O City has been a staple in the neighborhood for a long time. The SoCo team loves this spot as their local hangout and can be seen grabbing coffee there almost every morning.