Weilworks specializes in building community. Over the past 9 years Weil has been the main force behind creating the River North Art District, otherwise known as RiNo. More recently, Weilworks was hired as a consultant to help the City of Lakewood start a new arts district. Below is some information on each organization. With this experience Weil continues to pursue his consulting practice as an advocate for artists and creating vibrant art focused communities.
RiNo, River North Art District
Weil is the Co-Founder & Board Chair of the River North Art District otherwise known as RiNo.
Located just north of downtown, RiNo includes a remarkable concentration of creative businesses, including architects, art galleries, designers, furniture makers, illustrators, painters, media artists, photographers, sculptors and an array of studio spaces.
RiNo is bounded by I-70 to the North, I-25 to the West, Park Avenue West to the South, and Arapahoe Street to the East. While retaining its industrial roots, the RiNo neighborhood is now fertile ground for arts and artists. The River North Art District is dedicated to promoting and supporting the people and businesses that reside in the area.
RiNo is Non Profit, and has over 125 members, with 200 artists working in the district.
40 West Arts District
Weilworks was recently hired by the City of Lakewood to work with RNL Design on starting an Arts District in Lakewood near the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, West Colfax and the new Lamar Street Lightrail Station. After a 6 month grassroots, community based process the new arts district has successfuly formed and is now called 40 West Arts.
Four public open houses were held for this effort. The City has now "passed the torch" to the Arts District Champions - a group of passionate residents, artists, business owners, and students who are working to bring the arts district to life.
Weilworks continues to consult with this group. View the Final Plan here.
The 40 West planning effort won a DRCOG 2012 Gold Medal for the Local Government Awards category of “Planning with Vision.” The award is for the “40 West Arts District Design and Mobility Planning- A Collaborative Effort.”
Aurora Cultural Arts District
Weil has more recently been hired as the part time Managing Director for the Aurora Cultural Arts District. He's set up shop at the ACAD Studios and Gallery and is currently programming the space with a variety of cultural events. Weil has also created a new brand and identity for the district and is also working of a variety of fund raising opportunities for the district.
The Aurora Culture Arts District (ACAD) is an independent non-profit organization leading local creative businesses, individuals, the local business community and area residents, partnering with the City of Aurora and other entities in efforts to enhance the district as a destination through cultural and educational experiences.