Teenagers aren’t usually asked for their opinions, but the Giving Voice program runs on the idea that teens have a lot of important thoughts to share. This summer, the program paired disabled teens with local graphic designers to create a series of posters for social change that will be on display tonight at an art show and auction put on by AIGA Colorado, VSA Colorado and the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Using messages about topics from immigration and handicapped parking to water conservation, the youths created visual art to help incite thought and change. >P>"People who really care about impacting the world but don't necessarily know how will have the opportunity to see other people actively doing it just by doing something they love," says RMCAD outreach director Amber Atkins. "For a designer, that's being able to fill the blank page with something beautiful to give something a message. I'm not a designer, so the only thing I can give to this show is my time and the fact that it means the world to me."
In addition to the local work, Hunter S. Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman and New York magazine founder and I (heart) NY logo creator Milton Glaser have donated work that will be on display and for sale. Cause Related: The Power of the Poster will open with a reception and auction from 7 to 9 p.m. at the VSA Colorado/Access Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive. For more information, visit colorado.aiga.org and accessgallery.org.
Fri., July 19, 7-9 p.m., 2013