Urban Arts Fund discussion/reception tonight -- and it's free!

Get to the art of the matter tonight, at a free panel discussion -- complete with refreshments and a DJ -- in support of the Urban Arts Fund. This graffiti-prevention program of Arts & Venues Denver produces unique opportunities for young people to participate in diversionary art and leadership programs.

Since the program was founded in 2008, close to a thousand kids and young adults have participated in Urban Arts Fund programs, and more 30,000 square feet of public areas have been cleaned up or painted with murals. See also: - Behind the scenes with Jolt at the revived McNichols - Guerilla Garden artist goes ape when gangland tags his art

The program tonight runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Crossroads Theater in Five Points.

Featured artists/organizations include Guerilla Garden/JOLT & Barth Quinzer, Bimmer Torres, Gamma Acosta, Diego Rodriguez, Robin Monru/Dread, YNIG/Keith White, Absolute Family Studios/Dia Beshara, Ratha Sok, Colorado Creative Giving, Birdseed Collective/Anthony Garcia, Bobby Lopez, VSA Colorado, Colorado Folks Art Council, Platteforum, Redline and Goldfield Fairlord.

Find more information on the Urban Arts Fund here.

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