Time Capsules FAQ


What goes in the time capsule?

Like any time capsule, it shouldn’t try to document everything you’ve ever made, just select, significant materials. Your submission should include a self-curated set of materials that document some aspect of your creative work. An individual artist, individual member of an artist collective, or the artist collective as a whole may each submit a time capsule, but we can only accept one from each.

The capsule could represent:

  • a snapshot of a moment in time (i.e. process/prototype materials from a one particular creative work or series)
  • materials that served as inspiration or research, collected during the development of a work
  • materials that document your personal life during a significant time in your evolution as an artist
  • representative samples of these types of materials from different periods of time

It’s entirely up to you (almost, see our collection policy below for our very few exceptions).

Read Our Collection Policy

View Our Deeds of Donation & Intellectual Property Options


What kinds of things can I include?

We will collect on a wide range of media—visual arts, music, performance, spoken word, writing, street art, craft—that represent the diversity of the arts in Denver. We take both physical and digital materials.

Folios will either be 36.5 x 24.5 x 5” or 16.5 x 12.5 x 3” (interior measurements), your choice. All materials must fit within the folio.


What are you going to do with my time capsule?

The materials donated by artists will not sit in isolation in a box on a shelf; rather we will work to make them central to our city’s creative life.

We’ll do this by:

  • Our annual exhibition: All artists who submit within August of 2017 – June of 2018 are part of a large public exhibition.
  • Creating Education, Instruction, and research programs
  • Creating Artist Archiving Workshops, Public Programming and Salons
  • Adding you to our Online Database/Artist Encyclopedia of Colorado Creatives


What happens after I submit my profile to create a Time Capsule?

You’ll receive an e-mail with more detailed instructions, but the gist is:

  1. You pick up a time capsule submission box and packet at a partner location
  2. You select materials to fill it up based on our guidelines and collection policy
  3. Arrange/group materials and fill out our inventory sheet + deed of donation
  4. You’ll return your time capsule box to a partner location
  5. Within 1-2 months, we will digitize and make a portion of your time capsule and artist form available online
  6. A portion of your time capsule will be featured in Arthyve’s October 2018 exhibition

Last, and most importantly, your time capsule will be preserved and made accessible permanently. We’ll use it in teaching, exhibitions, and programming in perpetuity.

If you’re interested in learning more about archives, we strongly recommend that you sign up for one of our Time Capsule workshops – that way we can spend time with you individually as you go through the process. Check our Events & Programs page for upcoming workshops!

You’re part of the Arthyve family, forever!