Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Tariana Navas-Nieves

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Tariana Navas-Nieves with artist Xi Zhang.
#49: Tariana Navas-Nieves

As Director of Cultural Affairs for Denver Arts & Venues, Tariana Navas-Nieves puts her background as a museum curator to work in a million different ways. As she notes in detail below, Navas-Nieves oversees every aspect of the city's cultural face, from its highly visible public art program to the details of how public funding is parsed among arts groups of every discipline. And every event you might attend at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park bears her seal of approval. To her credit, she wields her power while balancing an artful vision and her sense of duty to the city and its constituents. And in her spare time, she's both a mom and a cosmopolitan fashionista. Learn more from her 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Mara Wiles

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#50: Mara Wiles

Mara Wiles broke into comedy doing improv with Denver's Impulse Theater, but soon made the shift to standup, becoming an integral member of the comedy scene and a regular attraction at local clubs and comedy nights. As a testament to her collaborative spark and likability, you'd be hard-pressed to find a stage in town that hasn't been graced by her presence, including some opening performances for national comics coming through Denver. She's often at Deer Pile and Syntax Physic Opera, where she performs as Moxie! with Kristin Rand; she was a hit at both the Laugh Track Comedy Festival (where she was crowned Best Comic in 2011) and the recent High Plains Comedy Festival. Keep reading to learn more about Wiles via her answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Kristin Rand

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#51: Kristin Rand

Kristin Rand is one of Denver's funniest people. You can catch her in the act at comedy nights and clubs all over town, because she's also a hardworking gal. Your best bets include Moxie!, her monthly sketch revue with fellow comic Mara Wiles at Syntax Physic Opera, and the Greater Than Social Club music and comedy showcase, which she hosts once a month at Lannie's. What makes the funny lady tick? We asked her to tell all in her 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Taylor Gonda

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Taylor Gonda, at the mic talking pop culture for These Things Matter.
#52: Taylor Gonda

When it comes to popular culture, Taylor Gonda talks a great game. As co-host of the local podcast These Things Matter, she chats about music, movies and other obsessions with celebrities both local and sometimes national. But there's more to Gonda than These Things Matter: A regular contributor to Denver's storytelling spotlight The Narrators and the woman behind the man for Adam Cayton-Holland's My Dining Room Table podcast, she also spent more than six years as a director and behind-the-scenes ensemble member of the defunct and sorely missed Paragon Theatre company. We invited Gonda to talk up what rocks her rapidly spinning world; find out more from her 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Kevin O'Brien

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#53: Kevin O'Brien

A fixture in the local standup scene, Kevin O'Brien takes that scene a step or two forward every time he takes the mic. He's also served as the host of Arguments and Grievances, one of Denver's cleverest comedy nights, for nearly four years, and with fellow pop-culture aficionado Taylor Gonda, he co-hosts the thriving podcast These Things Matter, a mashup of culture-speak and insightful interviews with interesting people. We invited O'Brien to answer the 100CC questionnaire; read on to find out what makes his funny world spin.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Amy Yetman

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Doug and Amy Yetman at northwest Denver's Horseshoe Market.
#54: Amy Yetman

Amy Yetman knows outdoor markets. Wandering through the big-city craft and flea markets of Boston and Chicago gave her a good idea of the kind of fair she'd like to see in Denver -- and she finally realized it was up to her to bring the concept here. "It was a little dream of mine," she told us right after launching the first Horseshoe Market in the fall of 2010. "But I was always waiting for someone else to do it."

We're glad she stopped waiting: That market was a hit, and she's never looked back. Smartly curated and buzzing with street food, one-of-a-kind wares and all kinds of people, the Horseshoe has become the step forward that others now follow. In advance of this weekend's market, we invited Yetman to answer the 100CC questionnaire; read on to learn what drives her to excel as a street-market entrepreneur.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Sandra Fettingis

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Sandra Fettingis, "I Know You Know That I Know," Colorado Convention Center, 2014.
#55: Sandra Fettingis

Sandra Fettingis, one of RedLine's newest artist/residents, works in geometric patterns that powerfully repeat in sculptural installations, murals and even jewelry, with a result that's both decorative and smartly modern. Chicago-born, but now a Denverite whose latest forays include "I Know You Know That I Know," a site-specific public installation at the Colorado Convention Center and a local product partnership with the West Elm home-furnishing store in Cherry Creek, Fettingis also helped spearhead Project Hello, a networking incubator for local artists in all disciplines, in 2010. We asked Fettingis, whose work is equally at home in large-scale iterations and small-scale exhibitions, to share her take on being an artist in the 21st century by answering the 100CC questionnaire; read on to learn more.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Alvin Gregorio and Petra Sertic

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Tobias Fike, "Age Spots." Launch Pad 003: Land, 2013.
#56: Alvin Gregorio and Petra Sertic

Petra Sertic is a curator with more than fifty exhibitions under her belt; Alvin Gregorio is an artist and CU professor whose own exhibitions have circled the globe. Together, they founded Launch Pad in 2012, a flexible forum bringing together artists and art-loving audiences together in public and private spaces. Last summer's Launch Pad 002 gathered more than forty artists together to create outdoor works -- installation to performance-based and everywhere in between -- on private property in the Boulder foothills; currently, they are putting the finishing touches on the mysterious Launch Pad 003: Secrets and Herbs, and looking forward to their fourth project in the coming year. We asked the world-wise pair what makes them tick; keep reading for their answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Dmitri Obergfell

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Dmitri Obergfell, "Statues Also Die" installation process, 2013.
#57: Dmitri Obergfell

A Colorado native, Dmitri Obergfell graduated from the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design under the watch of Clark Richert in 2010. He's since embarked on a career of international scale, making art that turns classicism on its head, sometimes quite literally, as in the case of a proposed outdoor sculpture of an upended statue that he hopes to complete next year at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. What does this newly anointed RedLine resident artist think about his place in the local art world? He discusses this and more in his answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Ginger White Brunetti

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Ginger White Brunetti takes the cake as deputy director of Denver Arts & Venues.
#58: Ginger White Brunetti

When you see a new mural beautifying urban greenway walls or walk into an exhibit at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park, you do so under the watch of Ginger White Brunetti, who as deputy director of Denver Arts & Venues oversees city-owned cultural hot spots and Denver's public-art team, supports growth and entrepreneurship among local creatives, and develops ways to funnel public funds into making our city a more vital and beautiful place. What inspires the forward-looking public servant as she helps to sculpt the city's future through programs like Create Denver and the burgeoning IMAGINE 2020 cultural plan? We asked her to illuminate her hopes for Denver by answering the 100CC questionnaire.

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