Denver Vision Zero Coalition issues call to artists for community art project!

by Jessica Vargas on August 10, 2017

The Vision Zero Community Art Project, led by by the Denver Vision Zero Coalition, will bring together the community along Denver’s Colfax corridor to create public art installations that raise awareness of traffic safety and Denver’s commitment to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries as a Vision Zero city. This artwork will support a dialogue among residents, City officials, advocacy groups, and artists about our community values, and how we design our neighborhoods and streets to reflect those values.

The Project will focus specifically on the central portion of the Colfax corridor, in the general vicinity of East High School. Our community engagement will target neighborhood residents, business owners and patrons, and East High students, as well as families of traffic victims. Community members will be invited to weigh in on the art project’s content and to assist with design and installation. An artist selected through a competitive process will draw upon this community input to design a large-scale mural that celebrates the accomplishments of Vision Zero and raises awareness of the progress that still needs to be made. The artist will also work collaboratively with East High School students and community members to design smaller scale installations, such as creative “street signs,” to be located in areas that community members identify as in need of safety improvements.


Jurors will include Gosia Kung, Founder and Executive Director of WalkDenver; Jill Locantore, WalkDenver Associate Director; and Kayla Gilbert, representative of Denver’s Community Active Living Coalition.

Important Dates
  • August 10, 2017 – Call to artists
  • August 25, 2017 – Artist submissions due
  • September 1, 2017 – Notification of selected artist
  • September – December 2017 – Community engagement
  • January – March 2018 – Finalize design and installation locations for mural and small scale art
  • April 2018 – Installation of mural, small-scale art

The budget for the Vision Zero Community Art Project includes the following:

  • Artist fee: $2,250
  • Supplies, mural: $7,000
  • Supplies, small-scale art: $1,000

The Vision Zero Coalition is planning on applying for supplemental funding through the Denver Arts & Venues PS You Are Here grant funding opportunity.

Materials to submit

Artists should submit the following materials via e-mail to Jill Locantore,, by 5 pm on Friday, August 25, 2017.

  • Digital Images – Up to five digital images of previously completed artworks
  • Statement of Interest – A brief description of your interest in the Vision Zero Community Art project, experience working on projects of this kind, and how you would approach collaborating with community members and East High School students on the design and installation of the art (750 word maximum)

Thank you to Arts in Society for providing generous support for this project!


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