Denver Arts & Venues Announces 2018-2019 'P.S. You Are Here' Grantees
Denver Arts & Venues is excited to reveal the 2018-2019 "P.S. You Are Here" (PSYAH) funded projects designed to revitalize neighborhoods through collaborative and community-led outdoor experiences.
As part of IMAGINE 2020, Denver's Cultural Plan, Arts & Venues' PSYAH funds help support creative, short-term physical improvement projects that transform underutilized urban spaces to enrich communities and inspire long-term change.
"'P.S. You Are Here' encourages neighborhood collaboration and enhance our unique communities in ways that reflect their character and culture," Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. "We are excited to support projects that integrate surprising moments of art and culture into the daily lives of Denver's residents and visitors."
2018-2019 PSYAH will fund the following six grantees:
- Sloan's Lake Citizen's Group: $10,000 - Working with Ladies Fancywork Society, Sloan's Lake Citizen's Group will create yarn artwork for an unsightly fence surrounding a maintenance yard adjacent to an active sports court, seating area and pedestrian pathway around Sloan's Lake.
- The Art Garage, (non-profit): $7,500 - The Westwood Arts District "hub" will be an artistically designed structure serving as a resource for local arts and culture information, showcasing curated themes and decorated with symbols and motifs from Latino culture. Sidewalk "paths" with stenciled symbols will lead to several local murals.
- Birdseed Collective: $10,000 - Birdseed Collective, with several artists and Villa Park RNO volunteers, will complete artwork along the long retaining wall of the Lakewood Gulch walking path from 10th Avenue and Osceola Street westward into the Villa Park community. Currently graffiti-filled, this highly-used path will be painted with vibrant designs and colors. Small hand-painted boulders will be placed along the path to create a safer and more colorful walkway for residents.
- Montbello 2020, RNO: $10,000 - Local artist Thomas Evans has designed a color-blended public art mural that will revitalize a major drainage canal with an impactful message. "Seize the Day" will greet residents on their commute out of Montbello, and "Home Sweet Montbello" will welcome them back.
- Trust for Public Land: $10,000 - Trust for Public Land will work with the East Denver community to enhance New Freedom Park, adding distinct and culturally relevant features with youth-led mural creation.
- Golden Triangle Creative District: $10,000 - The Golden Triangle Creative District will create a series of artworks in the Golden Triangle assisting visitors with wayfinding and marking gateway entry and exit points. Using the 2014 Neighborhood Plan to locate sites, the Golden Triangle Creative District will work with local artists for these temporary artworks.
Projects will be located in outdoor, public spaces within the City and County of Denver throughout 2019 and will remain on display for a minimum of three months and up to one year. These projects are free and open to all members of the public.
For more information and for updates on funded programs, please visit artsandvenues.com/psyah