Urban Arts Fund Mission
The Urban Arts Fund (UAF) is an offshoot of Mayor Hickenlooper’s Graffiti Summit of 2006, and the subsequent Graffiti Task Force recommendations of 2007. The Graffiti Task Force Prevention Subcommittee identified a need for programs and initiatives to “reduce the likelihood of graffiti offenses and outline roles and responsibilities for stakeholders to prevent graffiti vandalism.”
The Prevention Subcommittee recommended programs that would “create and increase access to alternatives for youth, including positive arts opportunities.” The intent and rationale behind this mandate was to increase youth access and exposure to “positive and monitored alternatives and support systems. Positive use of recreational and leisure time is an important skill to learn. Self-expression, whether developed through sports, writing, drawing, theatre, music, is largely valued in Denver.”
In accordance with these recommendations, Denver Arts & Venues has developed the Urban Arts Fund (UAF) to become a sustained program for future generations. The purpose of the UAF is to prevent graffiti vandalism by creating positive, well-tended and active community gathering spaces, and by generating opportunities for young people to participate in diversionary art and leadership programs.