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

by Jessica Vargas on October 12, 2017

The Vision Zero Community Art Projects, led by by the Denver Vision Zero Coalition, 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 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 first project focuses specifically on the central portion of the Colfax corridor, in the general vicinity of East High School. The project will include a large-scale mural as well as artwork on utility boxes along East Colfax. The second project will focus specifically on the Federal & Colfax cloverleaf interchange in West Colfax and include a second mural and additional small-scale art.

Both projects will be guided by community input from neighborhood residents, business owners and patrons, and students, as well as families of traffic victims. Community members will continue to be 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 large-scale murals that celebrate the accomplishments of Vision Zero and raise awareness of the progress that still needs to be made.

The Vision Zero Community Art Project is truly a community-led effort. Our partners include community members, neighborhood associations, Denver artist Pat Milbery, East High School, Colfax Avenue Business Improvement Districts, and the City and County of Denver. The East Colfax project is made possible by an Arts in Society grant administered by RedLine with additional funding for the West Colfax project provided through a PS You Are Here grant from Denver Arts & Venues.

Timeline

East Colfax

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

West Colfax: TBD

Utility Box Artwork Installation

On April 14, 2018, a team of WalkDenver volunteers, East High School students, and local artist Pat Milbery and the So-Gnar Collective got together to install new artwork on fourteen utility boxes along East Colfax. Each utility box features the story of a person killed in a traffic crash with visuals created by Milbery and East High School art students. We’ve put lots of photos of the artwork up on the Denver Vision Zero Coalition’s Facebook page! Want to check it out in person? Here’s a map of where each box is located and take a walk along Colfax Ave!

Community Workshops

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!

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: