The Power of the Poster

Written by
AIGA Colorado
June 25, 2013

Cause Related: The Power of the Poster
A Show
Friday, July 19th

In 2006 AIGA Colorado approached Access Gallery about host­ing a “poster show” at the VSA Colorado/Access Gallery to raise funds for their men­tor­ship pro­gram and our teen pro­grams. The event was a huge suc­cess sell­ing nearly 70% of the posters in one night. VSA was thrilled to host the exhibit/sale and began a long and inter­est­ing partnership.

In 2007 Matt Bargell the AIGA Colorado asked if we could shift the focus from posters to Skateboards. VSA Colorado/Access Gallery hosted the first Bordo Bello here at our gallery — another huge suc­cess 75 skate decks again VSA received half of the funds. As you know Bordo Bello went on to be a huge fundraiser for AIGA and VSA. VSA Colorado worked on every Bordo Bello as it grew and now the exhi­bi­tion is at the AIGA National office and might not return home to Colorado.

To date the Giving Voice pro­gram has had some amaz­ing results:

  •  116 youth with dis­abil­i­ties have been able to expe­ri­ence this project.
  • 104 design­ers have worked with these stu­dents — many return each year
  • 7 Gallery shows have been produced
  • More than 10,000 peo­ple have seen the exhibit

On Friday, July 19th the Colorado Access Gallery will host an exhi­bi­tion of posters designed by the Giving Voice Students along with Milton Glaser, Ralph Steadman and other national and Denver Designers who want to sup­port social change.

Their work will hang next to the stu­dents of the Giving Voice pro­gram which AIGA has sup­ported through Bordo Bello’s pro­ceeds for the last 5 years.  AIGA Colorado and The Access Gallery is bring­ing back the poster show and want you to come sup­port the work of our stu­dents and design­ers. The poster show include a Silent Auction of the work donated by our esteemed design­ers here in Denver and nation­ally with all pro­ceeds going right back into the Giving Voice pro­gram so please come ready to be the change you want to see in the world and give back to our cre­ative youth that will inspire and enact change.

If you are a Designer who wants to donate work then fol­low these easy steps:

  • Fill out this Form to Register as a Artist + Designer
  • Donate a Poster cen­tered around the idea of impact­ing Social Injustices in our world
  • Ship 2 – 3 Prints and Sign One Copy, to the VSA/Access Gallery no later than July 12th:℅ Damon Mcleese
    909 Santa Fe Dr
    Denver, CO 80204

From AIGA Colorado’s Giving Voice pro­gram and the Access Gallery staff that makes it all pos­si­ble we thank you in advance for being a part of this amaz­ing evening for the Cause Related poster show on Friday, July 19th from 7pm-9pm.

Design Diary no. 79

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  • Danshaw4

    How very polit­i­cally cor­rect and con­tem­po­rary of you you fea­ture an anti-gun poster on this arti­cle. Do some basic research, and you will find that 99.999% of all the firearms owned in America were not used in the com­mis­sion of a homi­cide last year. How about if you pro­mote the law-abiding major­ity instead of always focus­ing on the tiny, tiny per­cent­age of peo­ple who break the law?

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