It isnt everyday a teen, particularly one whos considered at-risk, gets to create a billboard. But thats just whats happened this summer at PlatteForum, where twelve youths enrolled in the gallerys ArtLab program teamed up with student mentors from Metro State College of Denvers Communication Design Department to create six billboards touting the large-scale theme of tolerance as part of Design Ignites Change--Create! Don't Hate. Eight weeks later, theyre ready to unveil the results, and heres why you should be there: These kids are relying on you, the public, to help decide which one will go all the way to the topthe top of a real billboard, that is, for all to seecourtesy of Lamar Outdoor Advertising.
You can cast your vote at tonights opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. or throughout the exhibits run, which ends September 4. And just like that, some hardworking kids work will go up in lights. PlatteForum is at 1610 Little Raven Street, Suite 135; get information at www.platteforum.org or call 303-893-0791.
Aug. 27-Sept. 4, 2009