The Black Love Mural Festival ends Monday but live music and light shows will mark its success Friday

The closing ceremony is at Civic Center Park.

Artist Kierre Dawkins works on a mural depicting the experience of young Black men in the United States, in Civic Center Park on Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Artist Kierre Dawkins works on a mural depicting the experience of young Black men in the United States, in Civic Center Park on Thursday, June 11, 2020.

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Denver’s Black Love Mural Festival was supposed to end back in June. Instead, due to its success, organizers extended the festival through August 10 and added a closing ceremony to celebrate their work.

From 4 to 10 p.m., Civic Center Park will be transformed into an open-air art festival showcasing the murals of more than 30 Black artists. The event is free to attend and will feature food, an art market, interactive art-making stations, yoga lessons, an immersive light and laser show, a comedy set by Larry Jones and live music performances by Jyemo Club, DJ  Polyphoni and more. There will also be a booth dedicated to hand-sanitization and temperature checks.

Back in June, Black-owned arts centers Rob the Art Museum and IRL Art came up with the idea for an art festival that would spread the message of the Black Lives Matter movement. Seventy-two hours later, that idea was a reality. They paid more than 30 Black artists to speak out and to express themselves by creating murals. The event tonight is the culmination of their work.

You can attend the BLM Festival’s Closing Ceremony tonight from 4 to 10 p.m. at Civic Center Park (101 14th Ave.). To learn more about how the Black Love Mural Festival got started, you can read Esteban’s story from June.

 

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