Colorado
By Amber Atkins | August 28, 2013
Cause Related Pumped Up The Volume For Giving Voice

A lit­tle over a month ago, the Colorado VSA Gallery hosted Cause Related: The Power of the Poster, which high­lighted social injus­tice and the need for peo­ple to speak out against it.  For six years, the Colorado VSA Gallery has part­nered with AIGA Colorado to sup­port the Giving Voice teen men­tor­ship pro­gram. This pro­gram sup­ports dis­abled youth by engag­ing them in cre­ative projects through­out the year. During the sum­mer, the pro­gram pairs each stu­dent with a Denver-based designer to cre­ate a poster themed around a social injus­tice that has impacted their lives.

Cause Related: The Power of the Poster was spon­sored by AIGA Colorado and Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. The show truly gave a voice to these stu­dents by attract­ing design­ers around the nation includ­ing Milton Glaser and Ralph Steadman, who donated their work for the show. There were a total of 38 posters for sale, includ­ing the works cre­ated by the design­ers and stu­dents who col­lab­o­rated this year in the Giving Voice men­tor­ship program.

It’s amaz­ing how pow­er­ful a poster can be and the aware­ness it can cre­ate if its mes­sage is about change. The Cause Related poster show raised over $3,000, allow­ing the Giving Voice pro­gram to obtain the fund­ing they need to con­tinue cre­at­ing the change they want to see in the world. Thanks to all of our stu­dents and men­tors, as well as every­one who helped make Cause Related a huge suc­cess. And thank you to every­one who attended the show, your sup­port ensures that the youth of Colorado will always have a voice!

If you’d like to learn more about Giving Voice and the Colorado VSA Gallery, or want to be a design men­tor in the pro­gram, visit: http://​access​gallery​.org.

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