Jaime Kopke

Second to becoming a coffee drinker at age 27, I consider the experience I had at the Denver Community Museum the most pivotal moment in my life so far. I shit you not. It sounds dramatic and I’ll spare you the details because this post is about Jaime Kopke, the woman who created and ran the DCM.

I met Jaime in 2005 and since then, she’s become one of the people in my life who is like an inspirational compass. She constantly shares information about artists with me and recommends books that contribute to the way I see the world. Plus, she’s a coffee drinker and has a fine appreciation for coffee adventures in Colorado and across the pond. We tend to caffeinate up and plot to reinvent the way people see the world. I love it mostly because I believe we will succeed.

Currently, Jaime is the Director of the Dikeou Collection in Denver and a Creative Producer for Poesy & Praxis. I caught up with Jaime in the belly of a whale downtown (the installation piece by Agathe Snow at the DC) and she was kind enough to talk about coffee and museums with me. Jaime’s approach to the museum experience is in-line with her opinion about how coffee should be available to everyone.

Jaime is exactly like the cup of coffee I had on June 22, 2009 from Dunkin’ Donuts (did you know they use 100% Arabica beans?). That coffee de-fogged my mind and ended the constipation that my brain was suffering from during the previous 24 hours. How do I remember this? I don’t. I wrote about it in my coffee journal. Yes, my coffee journal. Don’t hate.

Watch this video, visit the collection. Maybe I’ll see you at one of the third Friday events that Jaime is starting up at the Dikeou Collection.

I make videos because I love learning about people’s passions, and I enjoy connecting people to people by sharing their stories. While researching coffee (my obsession) over the past four years, I discovered that many creatives rely on coffee as a drug. They love what it does to their brain and how it’s a catalyst for creativity.

Coffee is complex. So are people. Drink up.

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