The Arvada Center Hosts Events Commemorating the First World War

This January, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities continues “Where Do We Go From Here?” - America in the First World War, a multifaceted statewide event marking the 100th anniversary of World War I. Continuing through November 2018, the Arvada Center, as well as nineteen other organizations, will be commemorating the period of our nation’s involvement in World War I.  Statewide programming will include art exhibitions, poetry readings, concerts, book discussion groups, theatrical presentations, lectures, panel discussions, a film series, and more.

The WWI Film Series, co-presented with the Denver Film Society, is a year-old series of films that deal with the subject of World War I. The first screening – of classic film Lawrence of Arabia – will be held on January 13, and admission is $15. A screening of All Quiet on the Western Front will be held March 17. Colorado State Historian Patty Limerick and a panel of veterans will be holding a National Speaker Presentation on March 10, discussing universal experiences of soldiers during wartime with the novel All Quiet on the Western Front as a basis for the conversation. War of Words, on March 14, will feature actors performing poetry related to the Great War.

On April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered what came to be known as World War I.  This decision followed a presidential election in which keeping the nation out of the war was a major point of debate, and on which public opinion was divided.  Rapidly-changing global events, however, led the US to enter the war shortly after President Wilson was inaugurated for his second term.  By the time the war ended, 19 months later, the global world order had dramatically shifted, and decisions made one hundred years ago are still having an impact on our world today.

The Arvada Center is serving as the lead for statewide events commemorating the war, and events will be held at locations throughout the State of Colorado. The Center is partnering with organizations in the Denver metro area and beyond, with plans coordinated with the United States World War One Centennial Commission, the official federal entity charged with organizing commemorative events nationwide.

“Where Do We Go From Here?” – America in the First World War

Events at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

World War I Film Series

A year-long series of films, co-presented with the Denver Film Society, commemorating the centennial of American involvement in World War I. Each film screening is followed by a scholar-facilitated discussion.

Lawrence of Arabia

Saturday, January 13 – 2:00 p.m.

Main Stage Theatre

Admission: $15

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who served as a liason between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks.  

All Quiet on the Western Front

Saturday, March 17 – 7:30 p.m.

Main Stage Theatre

Admission: $15

The first major anti-war film of the sound era, this is the story of a young soldier facing profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of WWI.

National Speaker Presentations

Patty Limerick, Colorado State Historian

Saturday, March 10 – 7:30 p.m.

Main Stage Theatre

Admission:  $15

Noted historian Patricia Limerick, along with a panel of veterans, will speak about All Quiet on the Western Front. Erich Maria Remarque's classic novel, which relates the experiences of a German soldier during World War I, will serve as the basis for the panel to discuss universal experiences of soldiers during wartime, and how these experiences continue to affect them when they return home.

War of Words

March 14, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Black Box Theatre

Admission: $15

World War I inspired hope, despair, anger, anxiety, patriotic fervor, and more—all of which found its way into our most intense and powerful language, the language of poetry. In “War of Words,” actors lend their voices to long-dead poets, with the aim of helping us hear them as they were: alive with conflicting passions, ideas, and beliefs shaped in response to the Great War. Audiences will find these voices not just historically intriguing, but contemporary—as if the poets are speaking both to us and for us about a war that has yet to reach its end.

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