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Colorado CRUSH 2017, Denver’s Ever Expanding Annual Aerosol Art Festival, Captures Welcoming Vibe of the Mile High City

Posted by Billyjam, September 16, 2017 04:13pm | Post a Comment
This Colorado CRUSH 2017 piece is by Phero, Mpek, and Brian Scott Hampton. For more info
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Denver’s annual Colorado CRUSH (Creative Rituals Under Social Harmony) art festival has grown exponentially since its comparatively small beginnings as a local event back in 2000. Now in its eight year Colorado CRUSH 2017 has grown into a large scale, vibrant, fun, annual aerosol art festival attracting artists and art fans from all over. Happening all this week (Sept 11 - 17), Colorado CRUSH 2017  features 130 different artists. While its participants are predominantly local, many of the CRUSH artists are invited in from around the USA as well as from other countries. These artists’ work fill walls all over Denver’s RiNo district and beyond as outlined in this CRUSH map. Like the city of Denver, CRUSH is a laid back, warm, welcoming and unpretentious affair. Even when CRUSH is not taking place as a city Denver is visibly welcoming to outdoor and people with spray cans in hand, unlike so many other cities. 

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Colorado Crush 2015 Street Art Festival in Denver Recap

Posted by Billyjam, October 28, 2015 10:51pm | Post a Comment
 

"Breaking down stereotypes surrounding graffiti and street art" all the while presenting it as a "positive medium of expression by bringing people together through art, music, and fun" was the outlined mission statement for Colorado Crush 2015 Street Art Festival that took place September 19th & 20th in Denver. The excellent annual public arts event in the Mile High City is the collective work of such street art enthusiasts as Jonathan Lamb of Like Minded Productions. Lamb and crew working hard behind the scenes at last month's successful Colorado Crush 2015 can pat themselves on the back for accomplishing their goals. 

Following the success of Colorado Crush 2014 (reviewed on Amoeblog), Lamb and the other organizers of this annual aerosol art festival raised the bar even further. This they achieved by inviting such a high caliber of street artists working in varying styles, and by expanding the outdoor art festival's wall space. This year it was again centered in the RiNo arts district of Denver, filling the walls of the long alley that lies in between and parallel to Larimer and Walnut streets for several long colorful blocks. This year they expanded that outdoor gallery to outside that area, providing additional wall space for more artists to paint their vibrant street pieces. The festival was concentrated into the two weekend days but officially began on the Monday when some artists began working on their pieces early. And as at previous Colorado Crush events, organizers rented heavy duty gear to help make the artists job as easy as possible as they tackled high walls.

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