You got the yard sign, now come celebrate the mural!

by Jessica Vargas on February 21, 2019

Join us Saturday, March 9, to celebrate the newest Vision Zero Community Art Project on Colfax Avenue! The Denver Vision Zero Coalition and the West Colfax Business Improvement District are having a party at Los Mesones Restaurant to celebrate this eye-catching new mural at the corner of West Colfax Ave and Meade Street. There will be food and drink available for purchase from the restaurant and local Denver funk band Krewe de Groove will be performing!

Saturday, March 9, 2019
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Los Mesones Restaurant

We also need volunteers on the morning of Friday, March 8, to help prep the blank wall where the mural will be installed. No previous experience is necessary – just wear comfy clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting paint on! All supplies will be provided. Sign up at bit.ly/muralvolunteer.

This event is part of our Vision Zero Community Art Projects initiative intended to 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. This initiative has truly been a community-led effort. Over the last year, we have partnered with community members, neighborhood associations, Denver artists Pat Milbery of So-Gnar Creative Division and The Signtologist, East High School, Colfax Avenue Business Improvement Districts, and the City and County of Denver to bring art and awareness to one of Denver’s most dangerous streets.

Last spring, we added artwork to fourteen utility boxes along East Colfax Ave. 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. Then in the fall, Milbery and the students installed a three-story mural at 701 E Colfax Ave celebrating our vision for people-friendly streets. Milbery also partnered with members of the West Colfax community and The Signtologist to design the colorful yard signs that can be seen all around town reminding drivers to Slow the Funk Down, and the new mural based on the same theme. We’d like to thank all of our partners, supporters, and volunteers for their contributions to this meaningful project!

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