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Dedication of Artwork at Emily Griffith Campus

Nov. 17, 2016

Whimsical, colorful and interactive pieces of art now decorate the Emily Griffith Campus lobby – all by design. When Denver Public Schools (DPS) moved into the Emily Griffith Campus two years ago, Superintendent Tom Boasberg had a vision – to create a space that everyone could enjoy and feel welcome.

Now, visitors can’t help but to interact with the art lining the walls and ceiling. Watch the live presentation on Facebook.

“We love walking into our building and getting to play with the awesome artwork,” said Masgana, a fifth grader at the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School. “Thanks for making the building a brighter and more beautiful place to be!”

The goal of artists Ted Essentyne and John Clark was to create artwork that could tell a multitude of stories to the viewer, no matter their age. The end result is metal birds flying in the air at the turn of a knob, colorful books towering the walls, and graffiti inspired by students.

“Our dream of this public space was to create a place of imagination,” said Boasberg. “That’s what education should be about – to help nourish, create and stimulate imagination in our young people.

“Above all else, we wanted to create a space that every person who walked in would feel that sense of imagination,” Boasberg added.

The art display is open to the public during normal business hours, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., in the lobby at the Emily Griffith Campus located at 1860 Lincoln St. in Downtown Denver.