Community-led Vision Zero Art Project in the works for Colfax Ave

by Jessica Vargas on October 12, 2017

The Vision Zero Community Art Project, led by by the Denver Vision Zero Coalition, brings 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 supports 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 examples in these photos are from Vision Zero-themed art projects in New York.

The project focuses specifically on the central portion of the Colfax corridor, in the general vicinity of East High School, guided by community input from neighborhood residents, business owners and patrons, and East High students, as well as families of traffic victims. The Vision Zero Community Art Project is truly a community-led effort. Our partners include community members, neighborhood associations, East High School, Colfax Avenue Business Improvement Districts, and the City and County of Denver. This project is made possible by an Arts in Society grant administered by RedLine.

Timeline

  • September-December 2017: Gathering community stories
  • January-March 2018: Finalizing design and installation locations
  • April 2018: Installation of mural and small-scale art pieces

Thank you to everyone who attended the November community workshops to get involved with the Vision Zero Art Project!

In early November, community members were invited to weigh in on the art project’s content and to assist with design and installation. Local Denver artist Pat Milbery 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 identified as in need of safety improvements.

We want to thank everyone who participated in the November workshops and shared their Colfax Avenue experience to help inform the design of community art projects that will raise awareness of traffic safety and Denver’s commitment to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries as a Vision Zero City. See pictures from the workshops below!

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