Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Ginger White Brunetti
#58: Ginger White Brunetti
Ginger White Brunetti takes the cake as deputy director of Denver Arts & Venues.
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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Westword:If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
An art exhibit in the city-run McNichols Building.
Ginger White Brunetti: I would love to collaborate with Wes Anderson or Daniel Burnham. I can't choose. Both are extremely talented visionaries who create bold environments, immersive experiences and fanciful realities. One's canvas is film, and the other's is the city.
Wes Anderson's films are pure genius. I've loved his films since Rushmore, but Grand Budapest Hotel had me speechless and wanting to crawl into the screen. The worlds he creates are sometimes ethereal, sometimes tender, sometimes audacious but always authentic. From the script to set design to the soundtrack, his attention to detail far exceeds mine! To collaborate and create such visually rich and immersive environments would be absolutely thrilling.
The urban planning nerd in me would love to have worked with the architect and urban designer Daniel Burnham. Chief planner of the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, architect of the first skyscraper and author of The Plan for Chicago, Burnham was a groundbreaking leader and civic visionary who transformed our cities. His vision for cities -- to be beautiful, bold, democratic in design -- is a legacy that is experiencing a renaissance. And who wouldn't want to collaborate with a man who is still quoted today as saying, "Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood...!"
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
I'm really interested in artists whose work is at the nexus of art, design and urban development: people like Theaster Gates, Candy Chang and Teddy Cruz. The work that Gates has been doing in Chicago is really fascinating to me. His nonprofit organization, Rebuild Foundation, is committed to the revitalization of under-served neighborhoods through artistic practices and community engagement. It's this kind of work that makes me excited to discover what kind of impact the arts can have on the future of cities and neighborhoods. Locally, I'm intrigued by -- and cheerleading for -- people and organizations doing similar work.
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