ARTCRANK Denver 2014: Making art accessible

Denverspeax is in love with all things “bike”, so it’s no surprise that when we heard Artcrank was coming to Denver, we had quickly penciled it in.

Yesterday, we rode our bicycles from Capitol Hill to Ink Lounge on Fox for Artcrank Denver, a FREE admission Poster Party. There, we wandered throughout different rooms to gander at all of the unique, bike-inspired posters created by local Boulder and Denver artists.

Our favorite was a poster that totally resembled one of our own, badass Denver She Devils, Mia.


Images of Artcrank Denver at Ink Lounge. To learn more, click on any picture to check out Artcrank. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Aug 2014

Signed and numbered copies were available of each poster, allowing admirers to take pieces home. In addition to the posters, there were other artists selling their wares and pieces, all while the Oskar Blues brewskis were flowing.

Artcrank has a mission Denverspeax can really stand behind: making art as accessible as bikes.

This is an interesting thought as more and more cities become bike safe & bike friendly as well as more and more school systems cut funds for art. As adults, when you’ve grown up and branched out from a district that didn’t, or couldn’t, focus much of its funding on the arts (whether it be musical, visual, or performance-driven), you sort of have to reinvent your thinking surrounding ideas of art. Additionally, as we get older, sometimes it can be a little difficult to keep that imaginative switch on in our brains. It takes practice, patience, and lots of throwing caution and insecurity to the wind.

Coming up this fall and winter, Denverspeax will really focus on the arts, and how to get involved and reignite your creative juices!

Check out the Artcrank on Facebook to learn about the cities in the UK & the US they will be visiting. Contact them for a great opportunity for your community and local artists!



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