2019 Urban Arts Fund Applications Open Monday, February 18
Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce that applications for 2019 Urban Arts Fund projects will open Monday, Feb. 18.
"The Urban Arts Fund is one of the city's signature programs," Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. "The murals created through the fund build community, bring the arts directly into our neighborhoods, employ renowned artists in Denver and worldwide, and put Denver on the map as a world-class city for arts, culture, and creativity. I encourage neighborhoods across the city to apply for this very popular program."
Through the award-winning Urban Arts Fund (UAF), Denver draws locally, nationally and internationally-renowned artists who turn once vandalized walls into stunning works of art which fill communities with pride.
Denver Arts & Venues encourages emerging artists and artists representing marginalized communities to apply. Projects with well-planned youth development and community engagement components, projects in neighborhoods and city council districts which currently have few or no UAF projects, and first-time applicants will be given preference.
Applications will be accepted at www.CallForEntry.org through March 18, 11:59 p.m.
The UAF is a graffiti prevention and youth development program funded through Denver Arts & Venues which facilitates the creation of new murals in perpetually vandalized areas throughout the City and County of Denver. The UAF provides access to positive, creative experiences for youth and transforms dilapidated areas into well-tended and active community gathering spaces.
Since 2009, with the help of more than 3,500 youth and 800 community participants, the UAF program has facilitated nearly 300 new murals and has helped protect more than 450,000 square feet of walls from vandalism.
For more information on this and other Denver Public Art opportunities, please visit www.DenverPublicArt.org/For-Artists/#opportunities.
Denver Arts & Venues' mission is to amplify Denver's quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and entertainment opportunities. Arts & Venues is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for operating some of the region's most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III granting process, Arts Education Fund and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival, Urban Arts Fund, P.S. You Are Here and implementation of IMAGINE 2020: Denver's Cultural Plan. Denver Arts & Venues is committed to diversity, equity and inclusiveness in all our programs, initiatives and decision-making processes.
Denver's Public Art Program was established in 1988 as an Executive Order under Mayor Federico Peña. The order, enacted into Ordinance by Denver City Council in 1991, directs that 1% of any capital improvement project over $1 million undertaken by the City, be set aside for the inclusion of art. Over the past 30 years these artworks, along with the historic and donated works of art, make up the City's Public Art Collection. The Public Art Collection has expanded the opportunity for Denver residents to experience art in public places.