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://accessgallery.org.