Five Points: Art, History & Culture in the Harlem of the West

Saturday, June 16, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Tour 2

Five Points, founded in the 1860s, is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods and it features some of the city’s cultural gems, oldest homes and iconic historic storefronts. It was known as the "Harlem of the West" because it was a frequent stop for jazz greats including Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. It has been referred to as the seat of Denver’s African American community.  Today, Five Points' history and cultural vibrancy is reflected in some of the artistic and creative anchors of the community. Learn about dance performance and education, and community building at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, one of the foremost modern dance companies in the nation, recognized by their dynamic body of works inspired by the African American experience. Get a glimpse of the past through stories of the African American pioneers who helped shape the West and the city when you visit the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center and the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. Time permitting, we will also visit the studios of KUVO, one of the nation’s premier public radio stations devoted entirely to jazz, which also has a rich legacy in Five Points and Denver. Along the way, our exploration of Five Points will also include conversation around the forces of gentrification and displacement, a major current challenge in this historic community.