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Let the Creators Create by Park Hill Financial District | P.S. You Are Here Project 2023


2022-2023 GRANTEES

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce that in its eighth year, PSYAH provided $100,000 in funding to the following grantees.


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$10K: 303 ARTWAY (MANAGED BY RADIAN) - complete

303 ArtWay: Intersection Mural
Site: Margaret M. Smith Elementary School, 35th Avenue and Jasmine Street

303 ArtWay highlighted the visionaries, artists, leaders and community activists who have brought so much life to this historically unique and diverse neighborhood, while increasing safety and connectivity throughout the Northeast Park Hill community. The mural created at 33rd Avenue and Hudson Street will bring people together and build a sense of safety by activating the public space and encouraging drivers to slow down. 

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Moved by Metal
Site: 8th Avenue and Kalamath Street, 9th Avenue and Inca Street, 10th Avenue and Santa Fe Drive, 11th Avenue and Santa Fe Drive 

Moved by Metal is a place-keeping project in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe. Local metal working artists created bike racks that celebrate the character of the art district while also benefiting the residents, visitors and business owners in the district.

$10K: DESTANY RODRIGUEZ - in progress

My Place is Montbello
Site: Andrews and Elk drives

The project will showcase the faces of Montbello through wheat paste portraits of the members of the community on one side of neighborhood drainage canals. A photographer chosen from the community will use her perception of Montbello to capture these portraits. 

$10K: MELODY EPPERSON - complete

Tree Tales 
Site: Eight parks throughout Denver

Tree Tales is a visual art and sound installation placed in eight trees located in Denver parks. The installation echoes the worldwide tradition of draping fabric in significant and mystical trees. Each sound element includes one of eight audio-recorded stories, legends and myths about trees, hosted on a website and accessible by QR code.


Let the Creators Create​ ​​​​​​
Site: City of Axum Park

Through this project, Park Hill Financial District hosted a community paint day during which community members assisted local artists in the creation of a basketball court mural representing the neighborhood. This project renovated public basketball courts, beautifed the neighborhood, and created large-scale, site-specific artworks to strengthen communities and improve park safety.

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$10K: SIDEWALK POETS - complete

The East Colfax Story Walk​​​​​​
Site: Several locations in the East Colfax neighborhood

The East Colfax Story Walk is a two-part project comprised of storytelling workshops and public art. East Colfax locals, including both long-term residents and members of the large neighborhood refugee population, participated in storytelling workshops through which they created written works, stories and poems about their lives and personal experiences. These writings were then used to create public art: painted on utility boxes, printed onto street signs and stenciled onto sidewalks. 


The Stiles African American Heritage Gardens​​​​​​
Site: The Stiles African American Heritage Center

The Stiles African American Heritage Gardens beautify the area around the Center while promoting the values of the organization through an arts platform. Through this project, African American contributions to American history are highlighted in four spheres: self-expression through beautification, medicine, culinary arts and migration. The installation is comprised of collaborative paintings mounted on raised garden beds that are filled with plants associated with each theme. Signage integrates storytelling to portray historical African American contributions within the four themes.

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For the Love of Lowry: Art & Architecture Loop​​​​​​
Site: Several parks in the Lowry neighborhood

The Lowry Foundation marked its 25th year by creating a special community art project, a four-mile walking and biking art and architecture loop linking four parks with existing historic architecture and public art. Incorporating the community, artists created temporary and interactive art experiences in each park with themes like community heritage, environmental conservation, social engagement, and community building through play. 

$10K: TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND - complete

Westwood Pocket Park Community Art Activation​​​​​​
Site: Westwood Pocket Park, West Kentucky Avenue and South Irving Street

Through this project, Trust for Public Land engaged the broader Westwood community to develop an artistic vision for the basketball court and intersection spaces. Santiago Jaramillo and Ratha Sok each completed a mural in conjunction with community painting days. This project promotes and supports quality physical activity for children between the ages of 10-14, their families, and the broader neighborhood.

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Activating the W. Colfax Viaduct Canopy with Artistic Ambient Lighting​​​​​​
Site: Colfax Viaduct Bridge

This project included the installation of programmable colored art lighting beaming across the underside of two bays (about 90 ft) of the Colfax Viaduct bridge. Pedestrian-scale artistic lighting elevates the space, making it safer, more aesthetically pleasing and more economically robust as a community space.