Frequently Asked Questions

How often are Cultural Partner Program proposals reviewed?

Proposals are reviewed on an ongoing basis.  You may expect a response within two weeks from the time the proposal was recieved by the programing team.

I would like to display artwork or showcase an exhibit at McNichols. What is the process?

You can submit a proposal to showcase an exhibit through our Cultural Partner Program. Exhibit proposals are accepted from artists, galleries, community organizations, businesses and individuals. For more information on exhibit guidelines and to complete our proposal form, please visit our Cultural Partner Program page.

Can my band/dance group/theater troupe perform here?

Yes! The McNichols Civic Center Building is perfect for live music, includes a dance floor and can be customized to host a ticketed theatre production. Contact our events team at  [email protected] for more information.

Do nonprofits get special rental rates?

Yes. Nonprofit organizations that hold 501(c)(3) status receive a discounted rate. Rent discounts are not provided for organizations with 501(c)(6) status. See our Rental Rates page for additional information.

What is the Cultural Partner Program?

The Cultural Partner Program was designed to cultivate collaboration among Denver Arts & Venues and local organizations, business entities and individuals aspiring to present arts and cultural performances and exhibitions at the McNichols Building. The Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Programs team offers a variety of opportunities to develop these partnerships, including discounts, promotional and implementation support and open calls for participation. Visit our Cultural Partner Program page to learn more.

​Can I host a meeting/workshop/class at McNichols?

The McNichols Civic Center Building is open to the public Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Our lounge-like atmosphere is perfect for small (five people or less) meetings or get-togethers and is free of charge. If you are interested in hosting a larger corporate meeting, class or workshop and need private meeting space, please visit our Private Events & Rentalspage.

Can I extend my event to include Civic Center Park?

The park is considered a “Public Access” park. Unless your event is open to the public, you would not be able to permit or restrict the public from your event. If you would like to book a public event in Civic Center Park, you will need to first contact the Parks and Recreation Permitting office. You will also need to work with the Office of Special Events who will assist you with coordinating your event. 

What is the capacity of each rental space?

With over 20,000 square feet of indoor and 10,000 of outdoor event space and encompassing three stunning floors of exposed steel columns and historic detail, the McNichols Civic Center Building can accommodate over 2000 guests.

Our expansive Second and Third Floors at 900 square feet each and have the capacity to hold 500 guests at banquet rounds and 1000 reception style.

McNichols more intimate spaces include the First Floor Galleria which can accommodate 60 people at banquet rounds and 150 reception style.

The Map Conference Room holds 26.


The stunning Carnegie Courtyard in the front of our building can hold 70 guests at banquet rounds and 200 reception style. Two large green lawns are available for outdoor experiences.