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Meow Wolf’s Senior Creative Director, Chadney Everett, discusses Denver’s newest art attraction and the local art scene that inspired it.

pend a day in Denver and it is evident that the city is brimming with talented local artists. No matter which neighborhood you visit, you are sure to find an assortment of museums, galleries, and eye-catching street art. This eclectic expression of culture is part of what makes the Mile High City such a lively place to live. But the already colorful art scene is about to get even more exciting.

Enter Meow Wolf, a one-of-a-kind immersive art attraction, unlike anything Denver has seen before. LIV Sotheby’s International Realty sat down for a virtual discussion with Chadney Everett, Meow Wolf Denver’s Senior Creative Director and the man behind the mysterious building being constructed just west of Downtown.

For those who haven’t heard of the fantastical phenomenon known as Meow Wolf, you’re about to be pleasantly surprised. And for those who are in the know with this one-of-a-kind experience but aren’t sure how to categorize it, you’re not alone.

Chadney Everett. Senior Creative Director of Meow Wolf Denver
“It’s always been challenging for us to describe what Meow Wolf is, but the best way to put it would be to say that we create immersive, interactive experiences that are based on visual arts that create spaces and stories,” explained Chadney.

The Denver location of this part-art-gallery-part-interactive-exhibit is the third installation within the Meow Wolf family, with the original exhibit in Santa Fe, NM, and the second exhibit in Las Vegas, NV. Each location is comprised of larger-than-life, interactive art that coincides with a whimsical narrative – and no two exhibits are the same. As guests explore the space, they are invited to step into the story and engage with the art to bring it to life.

“Every one of our exhibits is unique. We are totally uninterested in doing the same thing twice,” said Chadney. “We say yes to a lot more than we say no to, which makes us maximalists and creates layers of interest.”

And while this curious attraction is sure to excite art enthusiasts of all ages, the impact that Meow Wolf is making on the arts community is far greater. More than 110 local artists have been recruited to bring this otherworldly exhibit to life.

Together, Meow Wolf and its collaborating artists are weaving bits of our beloved city into the project and providing a platform to support the local art scene. By providing a space to showcase their work, local artists will be able to grow their businesses and further their careers.

“There are so many incredible artists here in Denver. We know that we, as Meow Wolf, have a big megaphone to call attention to these creators, and are interested in how we can support the community,” Chadney commented. “There are non-stop opportunities for artists to get a lot of eyeballs on their work here.”

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The beauty of the collaborative process is that the sum is more than the whole of its parts. And this exhibit will be so much more because of the collaboration with Denver artists.
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Not only is the Meow Wolf team dedicated to bringing awareness to the plethora of amazing artists right here in Denver, but it is also committed to embracing diversity and the different cultures and backgrounds that make this community so colorful and eclectic. Chadney proudly stated that out of all of the collaborating artists working on Meow Wolf Denver, 51% are women, 38% are people of color, and 20% identify as LGBTQ. This commitment to inclusivity is just one of the many ways that Meow Wolf intends to support the community and culture of Denver artists.

“It is vital that the community of Denver feels like this is a space that belongs to them. One of our top priorities for this exhibit is to represent under-represented art communities in Denver. We want to see what we can do to help build up the arts community, and the wonderful artists within it, by partnering with other organizations to see how we can support each other.“

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Meow Wolf Denver is the third exhibit in this collection of whimsical art installations, which also includes locations in Santa Fe, NM, and Las Vegas, NV.
During a time when there are fewer opportunities for artists to share their work and fewer events and venues where people can enjoy it, Meow Wolf is a silver lining. Artists can get back to doing what they love, and the audience gets the chance to escape reality for an afternoon.
“I think, especially now, a lot of us have gotten back down to essentials – and art is essential.” Chadney went on to say, “We need food and shelter to live but art creates culture, gives us a feeling of belonging, and makes us excited to be alive.”

Although the storyline and most of the extraordinary art installations will remain under wraps until Meow Wolf Denver’s grand opening later this year, the striking, triangular building stands as a symbol of community, culture, creativity and, most importantly, connectivity.

For more information about Meow Wolf and how this installation will aff ect the arts community in Denver, visit meowwolf.com.

By Amanda Molitor