Artemio Rodriguez's printmaking mobile

Join Us for Americas Latino Eco Festival Family Day at the DAM

On October 17 the Denver Art Museum is celebrating Latinos’ contributions to environmental conservation in partnership with Americas Latino Eco Festival. The Americas Latino Eco Festival Family Day includes free general admission.

Explore Environmental Issues through Art

Join us for a multicultural festival exploring important environmental issues through the creation of art. Designed to engage visitors in creativity and spur environmental awareness, the day’s events include films, live performances, artist workshops, a book fair, and activities in the galleries for children. This festival also marks the kick-off of the museum’s Fall Break programming celebration with additional family-friendly programming opportunities.

Tap into Your Creativity

At the event, visitors can look forward to seeing artwork that reflects the Latino community and other cultures, connecting to artists, and tapping into their own creativity.

With many types of art happening within and outside the museum, families can expect a wonderfully interactive and dynamic experience. Visitors will have the chance to work side-by-side with artists and view collections of art through the perspective of nature and the ecosystem.

Lindsay Genshaft, manager of family and community programs at the DAM says the most exciting part of the day will be visitors being able to watch the incredible “organic merging of art and nature right before their eyes. Art is really one of the best means of exploring nature and environmental issues.”

Interact with Artists

One of the highlights of the event is artist interactions with Artemio Rodriguez, David Garcia, and Arturo Garcia. Not only will each artist be leading a workshop, but visitors will also have the chance to view their current work. From printmaking in the Graficomóvil (as pictured above) to viewing the creation of a larger-than-life mural in the honor of water, everyone is bound to find an art form that excites them. Here visitors will be able to experience the extraordinary connectivity that exists between different art forms, each medium influencing another.

For example, in the printmaking workshop participants all of ages will use hand-carved stamps to create their own art pieces or participate in a large collective paper mural. "These stamps are based on antique book ornaments and crafts from the Michoacan region," Artemio Rodriguez said. "Also, an alphabet will be available for stamping text." Youth and adults will be able to learn the basics of carving a linocut, using a design already transferred onto linoleum.

Visitors will have the unique opportunity to experience the collaboration between art and Latino culture in the pursuit of becoming more environmentally conscious at this one-day event. Everyone is welcome! We look forward to new collaborations with artists and visitors alike.

Desa Beslic is a fall 2015 content writing intern in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Her favorite thing at the museum is anything to do with photography. She recommends seeing Kenneth Josephson: Encounters with the Universe.