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Youth Artwork Encourages 'Healing As One' on City Billboard Campaign

DENVER – When youth at Arts Street were asked to envision the world they would like to see, they created artwork filled with hope, love, peace, forgiveness and grace. They pictured a city unified, not divided. A Denver Healing As One.

Those visions are going up on four billboards across the city starting today to inspire all of us to see the possibility with the optimism of youth and the hope of a new year.

“In 2014, when students protested the injustice especially young people of color face in this country, they inspired all of us to ask, ‘What can I do to foster change?’” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “In addition to actions throughout the city, those conversations have led to the funding of community mini-grants, to a partnership with churches to make safe spaces available for healing discussions that follow tragedies, and to the gathering of thousands for Denver Talks. While artwork on billboards isn’t the answer to everything that ails our society, the conversations and the collaboration that led to inspiring our young people to envision a future filled with peace and hope is a great way to kick off 2018.”

Students at Arts Street, which uses creativity to help youth break the cycle of poverty, worked through the fall to offer up their billboard ideas. A team of partners including Arts Street, the Office of Community Affairs, the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and Sander Marketing selected the work that will be displayed across the city.

Mayor Hancock today unveiled the first billboard, titled “Better Together,” at 21st and California streets. The additional locations are: West Colfax Avenue and Tennyson Street, East 29th Avenue and Downing Street, and West 11th Avenue and Federal Boulevard.

This project was made possible thanks to generous contributions from OutFront Media, Arts Street and Sander Marketing.

Visit here for more information, including images of the winning artwork and short bios of the artists.