The Denver Art Museum (DAM) annually hosts one of its most popular and successful fundraising events, DAM Uncorked. The wine-and-art-centered gala satisfies novices and more experienced aficionados alike. The two-evening event in April 2014 brought in more than $500,000 to support the museum’s collections, programs, and services.
The event’s first installment, held on a Friday, drew 1,000 participants to a wine-tasting session that showcased more than 300 varieties. In a smaller event the following night, a more intimate crowd enjoyed dinner and the chance to bid at auction on rare wines, original art pieces, art experience packages, tours, and travel opportunities.
Established in the late 19th century, DAM is among the largest and most comprehensive collections west of the Mississippi River. Its more than 70,000 pieces are shared among 10 sections, including permanent collections representing the art of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. The museum’s holdings include extensive pre-Columbian art, as well as pieces reflecting the Spanish-American cultural heritage and that of the American West. Photographs, textile arts, and contemporary artists provide other focal points in the overall collection.
The museum additionally hosts a number of creative opportunities aimed at children and families, including a Just for Fun Center and a family drawing studio.