The walls alongside Denver streets have become as relevant as those inside any of the town's commercial galleries for emerging artists looking to make their mark.
Most of these street-side opportunities are for painters and traditional muralists, working on a large scale and typically in 2-D. But for the second year in a row, Side Stories is shaking that up, giving filmmakers, animators and video artists the chance to transform eight walls in the RiNo Art District into film and audio installations that will be on view from March 1 through 8. The installations will be part of a free, walkable moving-art tour through the neighborhood, which will include an interactive map and an audio guide.
Artists interested in participating have until Friday, January 4, to submit concepts; those chosen will receive a $5,000 grant to create a five-minute film loop in genres ranging from live action, documentary and historical to motion graphics, animation and experimental.
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“Following the success of our inaugural event, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity this year to announce a call for local artists to engage with us in developing innovative and inspiring digital works of art,” says Fiona Arnold, the creator of Side Stories, in a statement. “The goal for 2019 is to connect arts and our community through this immersive, engaging experience in the Brighton Boulevard area of the RiNo Art District.”
The films will be exhibited on walls at the following sites: Mountain Towers behind the Source, Denver Diesel and Radiator, Great Divide's White Tower, Catalyst, Denver Spring/Colorado Food Trucks, Plinth Gallery and two walls at Ardent Mills Grain Elevators.
“Much like Crush Walls brings new energy and people into the RiNo district, Side Stories showcases digital media as yet another layer within Colorado’s talented artist community,” says Tracy Weil, president and co-founder of the RiNo Art District, in a statement. “We are excited to be a partner in bringing Side Stories to life again in 2019.”