We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Antonopoulos and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alexis, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Over and over, I’ve found myself drawn to passionate and gifted people in the arts community. After all, to work in this industry you’re often prioritizing values other than monetary security. And I am certainly no exception. My very first experience in the arts was an Arts management internship. The catch? Completely unpaid and in a different state. Thankfully, I secured an unpaid internship grant to compensate. Investing in your own success like this is critical but completely unfeasible if you can’t advocate clearly and precisely for your own merits. Beyond comprehensible writing, it’s also important to craft your own narrative within your writing. No matter the format, You’ll give your audience a reason to support your endeavors and help you along on your journey.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a Denver local and I’ve always been fascinated by arts engagement in one form or another. In my time working in art communities across Boston, Denver, and Providence I’ve been drawn to non-profit initiatives that utilize the arts to engage audiences and drive economic growth. Through that, I’ve accumulated a wide skillset with expertise in curation, acquisition, and beyond.

Truly, my love for the arts started right here in Denver! As a young Community Juror, I selected artworks for display within the Santa Fe arts district that attracted visitors for gallery openings and created space for cultural dialogues.

Afterward, I worked with Waterfire Providence and facilitated fire-based installations in downtown RI. These events currently generate millions in revenue for the area and make it a memorable tourist destination.

Notably, I also researched artworks for various exhibitions within the Arts center and was instrumental in securing, shipping, and installing an 84 ft. Charcoal Mural for display, where it drew approximately 9,000 visitors during its two-month stay.

Needless to say, I’ve gotten to this point professionally by embracing a wide variety of skills. I’ve always had an endless hunger for it. This sheer variety of perspectives and skills has provided me with endless applicability.

I want to point out that I’ve been very lucky to have received the resources I needed to get my foot in the door here. Four years’ worth of unpaid internships were possible because of mentorships, resources, and professional education provided by my community and University. Generally, it’s hard to invest your time in the arts because of this economic accessibility barrier. I’m grateful that my community invested in my success and I plan to return the favor by continuing to work with non-profit initiatives.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Denver, as a city, has a certain magic that you just can’t replicate anywhere else. For me, a big part of this allure is the stunning natural landscapes. Located just thirty minutes outside of Denver, the Turkey Trot Trail is nestled within the monolithic rock landscape of Red Rocks. At sunset, you’ll catch the entirety of the Denver skyline alongside vibrant crimson shale. The morning after this three-mile hike you’ll be ravenous so I recommend going to the Urban Egg for brunch. They have an absolutely mouth-watering prosciutto avocado toast.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For a young student breaking into the arts, mentorships are everything. For this reason, I’d like to thank Jerry Suggs, Manager of Educational Programming and Partnerships at WaterFire Providence. As a young working student, the internship would have been completely inaccessible if not for him. He helped arrange housing, transportation, and more. Beyond this, he gave me the professional confidence I needed to make my foothold in the creative industries. Three years later, he’s still a reliable source of good advice and endless motivation.

Website: https://triuneartworks.wixsite.com/my-site

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/triune_art/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexis-antonopoulos-087a90207/

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