Corner of 26th Street and Larimer

PRESS: Westword | Forbes

After a tumultuous and dividing political season, internationally renowned mural artist, Kelsey Montague, is using street art to unite the community. Montague, a Denver native, is partnering with the RiNo Art District on a new mural project entitled “#WhatUnitesUs” on the corner of 26th Street and Larimer. Kelsey will be installing the mural on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, beginning at approximately 11:30 AM.

The mural will encourage engagement both in person and online, harnessing the social media hashtag #WhatUnitesUs to create an interactive dialogue about unity and the shared human experience through art. The RiNo Art District has plans to expand on the mural and campaign in the coming months to engage the diverse communities of Denver in further conversation, programs and projects to better connect with and support them.

“Our country and city are feeling the stress of dividing forces now more than ever,” said RiNo Art District President Jamie Licko. “It is our hope that this project ignites a conversation within RiNo and across Denver about meaningful ways we can work together, support each other and raise each other up. RiNo is currently benefitting from strong economic growth, and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to ensure that the diverse communities that surround us are not isolated from that, but instead are part of it.”

Artist Kelsey Montague previously gained widespread notoriety for her mural series “#WhatLiftsYou”, a mural project that encouraged people to snap photos in front of a set of muraled wings and share them online, providing everyone the opportunity to share more about what inspires them in life.

“Kelsey is a major player in the mural scene,” said RiNo Art District Co-Founder and Creative Director Tracy Weil. “We are so excited to welcome her back to her hometown to create such an impactful piece. We are committed to utilizing our platform as an art district to advocate for social impact through art.” 

The project will debut in time for the finale of one of the most divided political seasons in recent history. For both the artist and the RiNo Art District, this project is a unique opportunity for the community to use art as a conversation for good.

Montague’s mural is slated to be completed by Inauguration Day (January 20, 2017) as a permanent installation at 2601 Larimer Street. Visitors are encouraged to come down to see the mural in progress and when complete, take a picture of the piece, post it online and reflect on ways Denver can come together.

The mural is generously sponsored by the RiNo Art District and by the owners and tenants of 2601 Larimer Street. Those owners include Ken Wolf, Ari Stutz and Brad Fentress. Building tenants include Il Posto, Sushi Rama, First Draft, Shea Boutique, Haven, Kit and Ace and Samana Float. 

About the artist
KELSEY MONTAGUE is an international street artist who believes that art should not be separated from the human experience, but that the human experience should have a hand in creating art itself. Kelsey has painted large-scale, interactive street murals in six countries on three continents. Each piece has provided an opportunity for thousands of people to become living works of art. Participants are invited to step into the artwork, explore what inspires them and post pictures on social media. Kelsey’s art has been featured by Taylor Swift, Vanessa Hudgens, Carly Rae Jepsen, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Mashable and MTV.