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Inside Us opening reception


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Inside Us showcases arts-based approaches to community wellness. The organization-wide focus on the human body and new approaches to healthy lifestyles caps a three month concentrated art and research cycle at DAVA. Young artists take on the intersections of nutrition and anatomy, along with mind and body health. Guest artists Marie Conigliaro and Eileen Roscina Richardson will exhibit related work alongside DAVA youth artists.

The exhibit opens to the public with a reception on Thursday, April 5th from 4 to 7:30 pm and runs through June 8th, 2018. DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) is located at 1405 Florence Street, one block south of Colfax in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. This exhibition is made possible through generous support from the Colorado Health Foundation.

Middle and high school students in DAVA’s Job Training Program identified and researched areas that could directly impact their physical and emotional health. One class is connecting brain functions and dance, working with ballerina Debora Abera. Other groups look at mind/body connections through posters, paintings, and digital imagery.

Younger students in the DAVA Open Studio present their study of anatomy and nutrition in a multi-layered installation. Students were introduced to human systems and the foods that nourish each system. Older students shared a need for drinking water, exercising, and eating organic foods. Printmaking processes coincide with Mo’ Print, a city-wide exhibition of print media.

A selection of related ceramic sculptures by New Legacy Charter High School students, led by DAVA teacher Cal Duran, adds to the exhibit. Legacy students are investigating functions of the human body in tandem with DAVA on-site programs.

Guest artists Marie Conigliaro and Eileen Roscina Richardson complete the exhibit. Marie’s precise collages, made of vintage anatomy illustrations, allow us to discover internal bones and organs in a poetic way. DAVA teacher Eileen Richardson will present a wall installation of printmaking on fabric about the importance of eating a colorful diet for proper nutrition.

All of DAVA’s exhibits are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, or by appointment. For more information about the exhibits, please email gallery@davarts.org.

Special thanks to the Colorado Health Foundation for bringing health in reach for all Coloradans by engaging closely with communities across the state through investing, policy, advocacy, learning and capacity building. For more information, please visit www.coloradohealth.org.

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with a primary focus on youth engagement. For more information about our programs, visit www.davarts.org or call 303-367-5886.