East Colfax Sidewalk Mural
Organized by: Mary Nesberg
EVENT DATE Jun 30, 2016
The intersection of Uinta and Colfax was once a cornerstone of the town of Montclair. Residents of the area frequented the shops. Today, it has the reputation of being the bullseye for criminal activities. In an effort to reactivate the block, and make it feel safer to those who frequent it, the East Montclair Neighborhood Association (EMNA) has been awarded money through the P.S. You are Here art grant.
To develop a design for the sidewalk mural, Mary Nesberg spent time working with the local refugee communities who are connected with Mercy Housing. She met with children and adults to learn about why they love calling our neighborhood home. They helped to dream up images that reflect their own cultural identities and incorporated other images to help conjure up the feeling of safety among residents.
Tom Fesing, the president of EMNA, met with students from The Logan School for Creative Learning to give them a brief history lesson on the story of how this section of Colfax came to be. Students incorporated many of the historical elements as well as many images displaying their pride for being citizens of Denver, CO.
Lastly, Nik Arnoldi, a talented artist and neighbor of the East Colfax/East Montclair neighborhood, leapt at the chance to be apart of this project. He has taken the ideas gathered from the neighborhood residents and fused them together into a concept drawing that encircles the SE corner of the intersection at Colfax and Uinta. We hope his beautiful design draws positive attention back to this area. We hope that everyone can feel safer when in the presence of such a beautiful sidewalk mural. Please, help us reach our goal, so we can paint the mural this summer.