Friday, June 12, 2015

Aurora Youth Tackle Social Issues Through Activate Art Exhibit

Grand Opening Tonight!

     This summer, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) will be hosting its newest exhibit, Activate, featuring the art of DAVA youth, as well as guest artist Tsehai Johnson. The exhibit is focused on the social problems, including littering, and encourages patrons to increase recycling and up-cycling efforts. The Activate gallery opening will be held tonight from 4 – 7:30 p.m.

     After researching many local and global issues, DAVA youth have chosen to select littering as part of this summer’s gallery exhibit. Activate not only explores ideas of social practice and conscience, but also encourages people to increase the amount they recycle and up-cycle. The opening reception on June 12 will kick-off the Activate exhibit, which not only features artwork by DAVA youth, but also local artist Tsehai Johnson. The reception will highlight the captivating pieces students created.

     The Activate exhibit raises awareness of the societal issues, including littering. By encouraging exhibit visitors to increase recycling and up-cycling habits, the students at DAVA hope to make a positive impact on the Aurora community.

Opening Reception, Friday, June 12, 4-7:30 p.m.

The exhibit is free and open to the public through August 21, 2015.

Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.


Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)
1405 Florence St., Aurora CO 80010

DAVA staff, students and local artist Tsehai Johnson will be available for interviews and photos.

About DAVA

     Founded in 1993, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) has been building community through the arts for over two decades. By providing a safe learning environment for youth ages three to 17, DAVA programs reinforce 21st century life skills, build self-esteem, and connect youth to the community. DAVA represents a unique combination of arts education and youth development, demonstrating how quality arts programming during after-school hours forms a critical framework for long-term youth success. Each year, DAVA programs impact approximately 1,400 young people. DAVA is an anchor in the Denver/Aurora community, contributing to the development of a creative workforce and preparing young people for lifelong success.

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