The National Western Center is a global destination for agricultural innovation, western heritage and culture that will open its doors in 2024 in Denver. Help us cultivate the mix of experiences and opportunities that will happen on this innovative campus, and online – in 2024 and earlier!
Whether you’d like to host a food or art festival, teach the world about regenerative farming, relocate your offices to an ag tech hub, solve the world’s water problems or sell homemade foods at a public market, you could do it at the National Western Center. Check out our FAQs (below) for more on what’s possible.
Tell us how you can help cultivate the National Western Center experience. You’ll be signed up for updates too.
We’ll collect ideas for what could happen at the National Western Center and begin building relationships with potential programs, partners and tenants.
We’ll design a strategy for programming the campus.
We’ll work with the programs, partners and tenants that will create the campus experience. Programs online, offsite, or hosted in historic or first-built buildings could launch now, during campus construction.
The campus is fully open and packed with year-round experiences and daily discoveries. An estimated 2.2 million people visit the National Western Center each year.
In addition to hosting the annual National Western Stock Show and affiliated events, the campus will be home to three Colorado State University buildings with research and educational programs focused on water, sustainability, food and human and animal health. History Colorado and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will also bring educational programs to the campus.
The campus can host the following year-round:
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The National Western Center will feature more than 2.2 million sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor spaces including state-of-the-art facilities, historic buildings and riverfront open space. The possibilities are endless! Visit this page for details on uses, square footage, expected visitors, and more.
From all the ideas submitted, we’ll design a strategy for programming the campus. We may contact you directly to discuss how you can be involved in creating the campus experience. If we don’t, we will keep you and your idea in mind as we build longer-term partnerships and connections.
In some cases, the National Western Center will look to match ideas with people and resources that can help make them happen.
Based on the expected volume of responses, we will not be able to respond directly to every person who submits an idea. However, everyone who fills out our form will be automatically added to our network to receive updates about campus programming and future opportunities for partnerships, matchmaking, funding and more.
In the spring and summer, we will be reviewing ideas with our board of directors and other key stakeholders to design a strategy for campus programming. Later in 2019, we will share a summary report with everyone in our network, including everyone who shared their idea.
Community input about the National Western Center is being used to design and build the campus so that it can accommodate many of the uses that you have envisioned. Now we’re identifying the actual people, programs, activities, businesses and events that will have a home on campus and online and that will help fulfill the National Western Center’s mission.
For example, one of our guiding principles is to “create fun and entertaining experiences.” That’s pretty broad! What should that look like? It might mean a summer concert series hosted by a Denver-based arts nonprofit. It might mean a local restaurant or brewery opening near the riverfront. It might mean a celebrity chef giving a talk in a campus lecture hall about reducing food waste. Could you bring a fun and entertaining experience to the National Western Center?
Please do not include any confidential information or trade secrets in what you submit.
While there is no funding available at present, we recognize that many ideas need resources to become reality. Over time, we’ll develop strategies to help people grow their ideas at the National Western Center.
How might the National Western Center spaces and programs benefit the surrounding communities and neighborhoods?
How might the National Western Center cultivate access to, connection with, and sustainability for the South Platte river through its physical spaces and programming?
How might the National Western Center honor and celebrate western heritage through its physical spaces and programming? How might it build on the Stock Show and rodeos to further cultivate western heritage?
How might the National Western Center promote health through its physical spaces and programming (from healthy food access and food security, to active living, to mental health)?
How might the National Western Center build connections across cultures through its physical spaces and programming (historical/present-day, rural/urban, national/international, etc.)? How might it integrate art (in all forms) as an expression of culture?
How might the National Western Center foster entrepreneurship and innovation? How might it usher in the future of agriculture and food systems through its physical space and programming?
How might the National Western Center cultivate fun and entertaining experiences, for all ages and audiences, through its indoor and outdoor spaces and programming?
How might the National Western Center cultivate a global agricultural hub to “advance the field” of agriculture and food through its programming (education, research, etc.) and physical spaces?
How might the National Western Center practice natural, social, and economic “regeneration” through its programming and physical spaces?
What other ideas do you have for the National Western Center to achieve its vision as a global destination for agricultural heritage and innovation? How might it advance global food solutions?
If you’re passionate about the future of food, ag innovation, entertainment, education or western heritage, you could have a home here. It’s a place and an opportunity unlike any other, and this is your chance to be part of it from the time the doors open (or earlier!). Through your idea you could one day get connected to like-minded partners, customers, learners, colleagues or friends. You could create opportunities for your community related to jobs, workforce development, youth programs or education. The National Western Center is building a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive experience, and we need your help!
Here’s just a sampling of the growing list of partners, programs and events slated for the campus, including many that are happening right now!
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