In August 2014, Whittier Neighborhood Association (WNA) was awarded a “P.S. You Are Here” grant from Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s office and Denver Arts & Venues agency to bring to life the Whittier Alley Loop Project. The Alley Loop is a place-making project included in Denver’s “Imagine 2020″ cultural plan, the project is intended to use arts and culture to transform public spaces. The Alley Loop will be a half-mile pathway across four alleyways that will feature murals by local artists and community members, historic markers and quotes from neighborhood residents, and an outdoor reading area at the Ford-Warren Library.
As a result of the combination of the grant proceeds, donations from residents and community volunteer efforts, the completed Whittier Alley Loop art and murals will be unveiled on Sunday, May 24th at 3:00 pm at the annual Whittier DAYZ celebration on 28th Avenue between Race and Williams. The community event will have food trucks, live bands, and kids’ activities. The community celebration will continue until 8:00 pm.
The Alley Loop will foster the neighborhood’s rich culture and history through the prism of art and design, promoting positive interaction among neighbors as a result of improved aesthetics and increased pride.
The Alley Loop will feature eight different installations including historic markers featuring Madam C.J. Walker Park and the historic “color line”, a community chalkboard, quotes & poems by residents, and murals featuring diversity, kindness, and bridging the neighborhood. The project artists are:
“Diversity” Mural – Jaime Molina, Pedro Barrios and Project Voyce students at Manual High School
“Reader” Sculpture – Bob Ragland
“Bee Bridge” Murals – Feile Case
“Be Kind” Mural – Dwayne Glapion
History and Quotes graphic design – Broox Pulford
“Neighborhood” Poetry & Words – Uche Ohaya
Thank you to all of the volunteers for making this event a reality. For more information, email us at ILoveWhittierCommunity@gmail.com. The Whittier Neighborhood Association invites all to join!