Inspired by Denver’s Cultural Plan, Denver Arts & Venues (A&V) is committed to the agency’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (EDI). These core values have guided the development of the Urban Arts Fund guidelines, application and selection process. We define such values as follows:
Equity: The fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time identifying and eliminating barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the protocols, processes, practices and policies of institution or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources. Confronting and tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of disparities within our society. Equity is closely tied to actions and results to address historical disparities.
Diversity: Recognition and representation of individual or group differences encompassing race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, ability, socioeconomic status, age, religion, and other area of identity.
Inclusion: Embracing differences by creating environments in which any individual or group can feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. To achieve inclusiveness, recognition of implicit or unconscious bias is necessary.
Any artist or team of artists demonstrating the ability to execute a successful mural project regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical disability. We encourage emerging artists, and artists representing marginalized communities including women, people of color, people with disabilities, and people identifying as LGBTQ+, to apply.
Denver Arts & Venues is committed to diversity, inclusiveness and equity in all programs, initiatives and decision making processes.
Preference will be given to projects with:
- A well-planned youth development and community engagement component
- First time applicants – artists and organizations who have not received funding in previous years
- Projects in neighborhoods and city council districts which currently have few or zero UAF mural projects, including, but not limited to, council districts 4, 5, 6 and 8.
Please refer to this MAP.
B. Projects on Private Property
Projects on private property will require permission from the property owner. You may use the sample UAF Property Owner Introduction Letter as an introduction to the property owner. This letter describes the UAF Program, its benefits, and the responsibilities of the City and Property Owner.
C. Projects in Public Spaces
For projects in public spaces (example: in a city park), once approved, Arts & Venues will work with City Council representatives to garner their support of the project in their district.