Plaza Voices: Immigrant Art Celebration

On view from May 6 through May 24, 2014:

Head over to the Denver Art Museum to see a special exhibition of artwork created by Plaza participants! The Plaza program partners with the Denver Art Museum (DAM) to bring special art workshops, based on the museum's collections, to immigrant communities at six library branches. As DAM states, "Art plays an important role in the lives of children, their families, and their communities and their creations of self-expression and imagination echo the immigrant experience across generations."

Projects included:

Children learned about fashion and traditions during Spanish colonial times in Mexico and then created their own folding screen drawing their own scenes and using a variety of materials.

Color Landscapes
Children learned how color can create a foreground and background perspective. They used this knowledge to create their own landscapes.

Collage Shirts
Children learned how to make collages using a variety of materials to create their own “shirts.”

Embellished Portraits
Children used recycled materials to make a collage inspired by the Native American clothing made with materials found in nature.

Straw Applique Ornaments
Inspired by the straw appliqué objects from the Spanish Colonial era in New Mexico, children decorated their own ornaments using colored straw.

Enjoy these pieces, located in the lower level of the North building, and check out the spectacular works in the museum's permanent collection.

On Saturday, May 24 the Plaza program will host an Immigrant Art Celebration for Plaza participants from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Central Library. There will be pizza, activities, museum tours, and more! The artists will be able to bring their friends and families to tour the museum, and take their pieces home after the exhibition.

Please email for more information about the event.

Plaza is a meeting place where people from all over the world connect with information, make new friends, and enjoy new experiences, building Denver’s global community.

To find a Plaza program near you, please see our events calendar.

Written by Amanda R. on May 16, 2014

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