Jack’s Press

Bill for Colorado's Creative Districts

Governor John Hickenlooper signs into law a bill to facilitate and add flexibility to funding of Colorado’s “Certified Creative Districts” in 2013. Jack worked with HR Crisanta Duran to craft the legislation and he testified in support of the bill before a Senate committee.

Colorado Public Radio Story on Denver Arts Week

Denver Business Journal

May 10, 2013, 4:00am MDT

Art District attracts Colorado Ballet, NIMBL ­— and interest

At least two businesses this year have bought buildings in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe and plan to move there, boosting the neighborhood’s reputation as a creative small-business hub.

The district officially gained state certification as a creative district in 2012. Businesses seem to be attracted to the close-knit business community and innovative atmosphere there, said Jack Pappalardo, district president and a real estate attorney.

“The neighborhood is going through a change and it’s certainly attracting more young professionals as residents,” he said.



Denver Post, May 14, 2013

Colorado’s Certified Creative Districts

The Art District on Santa Fe and Salida Creative District were the first two programs certified, and another dozen are in the pipeline.

“Colorado became aware that there was a real need to nurture and support these districts,” said Jack Pappalardo, president of the Art District on Santa Fe.

Art-gallery owners escaping the rising rents of Lower Downtown formed the Santa Fe district a decade ago. It has since grown beyond the visual arts and theater into a haven for music promoters, architects and others, he said.

Commercial development has also become part of the mix, with a project in the works to provide affordable housing and work space for creative artists, Pappalardo said.


Jack’s Art District on Santa Fe Wins 2012 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts!

Tribute video:

Mayor’s Award Acceptance Speech


Meet the Art District: Georgia Amar & Jack Pappalardo



On Santa Fe Artwalk, Popularity Brings Some Growing Pains, by Mike Lamp



2012 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts: Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe


Gov. Hickenlooper Announces Colorado’s First Formally-Designated Creative Districts


Article on my client The Gallery Exchange in 303 Magazine.

The Friday Experience: The Gallery Exchange

by Wendy L. Pitton R. on Dec 14, 2012 • 1:59 pm No Comments

Not everyone has to have a background in the arts to have a passion for the arts. Such is the case with entrepreneur, Kay Wilson, owner and creator of The Gallery Exchange. Forget what you thought about the on-line art gallery, it’s flat, stale way of viewing artwork. Wilson has taken on the old model of an on-line gallery and turned it into a stylish, interactive and affordable means in which to own or lease high quality artwork.

Full article at:  http://303magazine.com/2012/12/the-friday-experience-the-gallery-exchange/#.UMuUeWySZUA.gmail


business | Santa Fe Arts District

Community a canvas of ethnic, artistic layers

Martial artists, graphic artists, actors, architects, painters encapsulate how culture is an integral part of everyday life. Jack Pappalardo and his wife, artist Georgia Amar, started looking for a home in Denver, they wanted four things: personal living space, studio space, gallery space and proximity to downtown so that Jack, a real-estate lawyer, could get to work easily.
Galleries are a common site along the 700 block of Santa Fe Drive.
The ancillary growth they have prompted keeps expanding, as well.

Along the Santa Fe (arts) trail

Interest in galleries spurs more development in district

Denver Business Journal by Paula Moore, Denver Business Journal

Date: Sunday, March 26, 2006, 10:00pm MST – Last Modified: Thursday, March 23, 2006, 10:38am MST

“I’ve lived in four cities — New York, Toronto, Atlanta and now Denver — and the same thing happens,” said Jack Pappalardo, Art District president. “You have artists who move into an affordable area, fix it up and make it look really good.”

Pappalardo also co-owns the Habitat Gallery & Studio on Santa Fe with his artist wife, Georgia Amar. His day job involves navigating the intricacies of commercial real estate deals as an attorney at Denver law firm Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff + Ragonetti.

Full article at:  http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/stories/2006/03/27/story3.html?page=all


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