For the second year, the Babe Walls mural festival returns to the greater Denver, Colorado area as a celebration of womxn and non-binary folks in art. This year, the festival is in partnership with the City of Arvada and will run for four days beginning July 15 through July 18, 2021. The location of the festival will be held along Arvada’s Ralston Creek Trail – the City’s longest and most complete trail. “We’re really excited to be partnering with the City of Arvada for this year’s celebration. The location along the Ralston Creek Trail is a new venture, and we’re excited to be adding to the creativity of the city to encourage the use of this public trail,” said Alexandrea Pangburn, founder of Babe Walls. The trail links several parks, open space areas and winds through rich plant life ecosystems, preserved wildlife habitats and bird sanctuaries.
As outlined in the 2018 Cultural Master Plan, the City of Arvada aims to make our community a home for artists and arts and culture goals such as ensuring each neighborhood is within a ten-minute walk of something artful. The plan also established goals to make places that deepen community attachment, and to give everyone a place at the table in order to make arts and culture more inclusive and representative. The Arvada Arts and Culture Commission is grateful for the opportunity to invest in our artist community through the support of the 2021 Babe Walls mural festival.
Since inception last year, the mission for Babe Walls has been to celebrate womxn and non-binary artists and to amplify the creative voices and expression of the feminine ingenuity. “A lot of the women in Denver didn’t feel like there was a space for them in the art scene and a lot of them didn’t know who each other were; there was a lack of comradery,” explained Alexandrea. “Very nonchalantly, I had this idea of getting a bunch of girls together to paint and it has since turned into a whole movement.” This year’s festival will include 26 artists, each working collaboratively to achieve 13 installations. A call for artists is happening now and more information on how to apply can be found at www.babewalls.com and on Instagram (@babewalls).
Leading up to the July festival, Babe Walls and local organizations will host a series of events and fundraisers. Several pieces of art created by a roster of Babe Walls artists are on display through early May at the Matriarch Mercantile located at 2700 Walnut St. in Denver. All art purchased will go toward supporting the festival and other womxn-owned spaces in the Five Points area of Denver. On March 28, 2021, there will be a three-part series called, “Womxn’s Circle: A Deeper Look into Womxn in the Art Scene” hosted by the Redline Contemporary Art Center in conjunction with Babe Walls. The event is being organized by Jodie Herrera and will be facilitated by Alicia Cardenas, Alexandrea Pangburn and Louise Martorano. The discussion will be centered around womxn in the Denver art scene being able to connect, share and grow to make their artistic lives safer and more intentional. The event will be available for live stream with a link provided closer to the date.
Babe Walls 2021 invites the community to support fundraising goals to ensure the event’s success. Donations are being accepted at www.babewalls.com.
- by Vibrant Community and Neighborhoods & Parks, Golf and Hospitality