Urban Arts Fund

Artist: Blaine Fontana, Cherry Creek Trail at Arapahoe and Champa streets
“The Urban Arts Fund (UAF) program is a perfect example of how the City is committed to implementing IMAGINE 2020, Denver’s Cultural Plan.UAF supports our key vision elements, from integrating art, culture and creativity into daily life, to making art accessible to all, to supporting local talent.”
-Tariana Navas-Nieves, Director, Cultural Affairs, Denver Arts & Venues

Artista: Blaine Fontana en el Sendero Cherry Creek, *Entre Arapahoe St. y Champa St.
“El programa de Fondos de Arte Urbano (UAF) es un perfecto ejemplo de cómo la Ciudad de Denver se ha comprometido a implementar IMAGINE 2020, el programa cultural de Denver. UAF respalda los elementos claves de esa visión, desde integrar arte, cultura y creatividad en la vida diaria hasta hacer las artes accesibles a todos, a la vez que se respalda el talento local”.
-Tariana Navas-Nieves, Directora, Asuntos Culturales, Denver Arts & Venues

The 2017 application opportunity has closed

Thank you to everyone who applied! Denver Public Art received 59 applications.
Awardees will be notified at the end of April via email. The UAF will award funds in amounts ranging from $1,000 - $8,000 through a competitive steering committee process.



In the Spirit of IMAGINE 2020. The Urban Arts Fund (UAF) is a graffiti prevention and youth development program which facilitates the creation of new murals in perpetually vandalized areas throughout the City and County of Denver. The UAF provides access to positive, creative experiences for youth and transforms dilapidated areas into well-tended and active community gathering spaces. As of 2017, with the help of over 2,760 youth, 550 community participants, the program has facilitated more than 160 new murals and has helped protect more than 227,000 square feet from vandalism.

For questions regarding the Urban Arts Fund, please contact Mary Valdez, 720-865-5564, mary.valdez@denvergov.org.

Misión del Fondo de Arte Urbano

In the Spirit of IMAGINE 2020. El Fondo de Arte Urbano (UAF) es un programa de prevención de grafiti y de desarrollo juvenil que facilita la creación de nuevos murales en áreas perpetuamente vandalizadas en distintos lugares de la Ciudad y el Condado de Denver. El UAF provee acceso a experiencias positivas y creativas para jóvenes y transforma áreas dilapidadas en espacios de reunión comunitaria bien mantenidos y activos. Desde 2009, con la ayuda de 2,760 jóvenes y con 550 participantes de la comunidad, el UAF ha facilitado más de 160 nuevos murales y ayudado a proteger 227,000 pies cuadrados de vandalismo.

Para preguntas sobre el Fondo de Arte Urbano (UAF), por favor contactar a Mary Valdez, 720-865-5564, mary.valdez@denvergov.org.

Check out video/audio coverage from previous UAF projects:
2017: Audio Interview with Brazilian Muralist Alexandre Orion
2016: HOT DAAM: Denver's Artists and Musicians: Detour and 'duct Work on the I-70 Viaduct
2015: Gemma Danielle "City of the Sun" UAF Video
2015: Muralist Jet Martinez in collaboration with Black Book Gallery and Denver Public Art Program
2015: Denver 8 ArtScene episode featuring VSA Colorado's UAF 2015 Project
2014: UAF Projects
2013: UAF Projects
2013: Jolt with PlatteForum Youth Group
2012: UAF Projects