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Eighth Avenue Sports a Colorful New Mural

Eight Avenue Boys & Girls Club

Eight Street MuralDriving or walking on Eighth Avenue near Inca Street just got a lot nicer. And it’s all because of a wonderful team of kids, grown-ups and organizations.

ArtReach has been providing access to arts education and experience for people who are disadvantaged for 32 years. ArtReach began the YouthReach project at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver Cope Branch in 2006.

The goal of the ArtReach/YouthReach project is to help youths make a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood by infusing the art experience with youth development assets. This project demonstrates a clear understanding of the youth, connects to community resources, and showcases the achievements of the youth in the community. Youth developed artistic and creative skills and built character through learning about artists processes, history, culture, and through learning about themselves.

ArtReach and the Cope Branch also received aid and funding from the Colorado Council on the Arts (www.coloarts.state.co.us).

The Mural workshop was taught by ArtReach artist Katie Taft, and involved ongoing input from youth participants. Several of the kids involved in the project signed the mural during the dedication.

Katie and the kids from the Cope Branch worked on the mural intermittently from March 21 through its completion on August 3.

Through a series of investigative processes and responses, the youth created imagery to bring into the mural that represents the Club’s presence in the neighborhood and the importance of each member of the community.

The result is a beautiful look at the world through the eyes of children. Colorful and wonderful just as the world should be.

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Metro Denver programs and activities, visit their website at www.positiveplacedenver.org.

Brian Olson is the community relations manager for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.