Mission - CREATIVE RITUALS UNDER SOCIAL HARMONY

CRUSH celebrates art, urban beautification, creativity, and culture by enriching a community through an arts festival like no other. We believe that public art leads to an improved community as a catalyst for safety, cleanliness, curb-appeal, creativity, and conversation. Centered around empowering artists, CRUSH is committed to reflecting and diversifying the urban landscape and the unique voice of a community, bringing art out of the galleries and into the streets.

CRUSH started and still finds its home in RiNo (River North) Art District which defines itself as a community "Where Art is Made”. CRUSH celebrates the craft of graffiti and street artists who bring life to walls while maintaining the unique cultural identity in this rapidly evolving community. The annual event transforms streets and alleys into open-air galleries, allowing the neighborhood to attract positivity as well as transforming local businesses by adding character to store fronts and surrounding walls with colorful, creative murals.

CRUSH raises awareness of the cultural significance and importance of art for all ages and all demographics that may not have the opportunity to experience it otherwise. CRUSH offers art inspiration through this urban craft. The organization serves as a forum for community engagement and creative expression, inviting locals and visitors to engage in this rich history and through forward-thinking public art in Denver, Colorado. Join the experience during the annual event in Mid-September or visit the CRUSH Walls year round in the RiNo neighborhood. 

 
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History

Colorado’s largest independent graffiti and street art project and event. Founded by Denver graffiti artist, Robin Munro, CRUSH has been taking over the streets of the RiNo neighborhood since 2010. With a passion for graffiti and street art as well as his community, Munro aimed to create an event that showcases the amazing artistic talents he saw not only in Denver, but also across the world. Originally centered around the EXDO Event Center, the event relocated after three years to the long alley between 27th/26th & Larimer and Walnut Street, now dubbed “Art Alley.” 

In 2013, CRUSH partnered with Jonathan Lamb of Like Minded Productions to facilitate a larger footprint in the RiNo Art District. That same year, CRUSH was awarded the Mayor’s Design Award from Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock.

In 2015, Lindsey R Hendershot joined the organization which then helped to facilitate over 70 local and international artists. 

In 2016, CRUSH joined with RiNo Art District, helping grow the organization to its largest event yet, expanding to include nearly 80+ murals spanning upwards of 10 city blocks. Today, the event’s murals can be seen throughout the RiNo neighborhood and Denver as a testament to the dedication of the artists and the community. Artists from the local to the international scale bring their talents, passion, and vision to the CRUSH Walls, transforming the exteriors and alleys into a vibrant outdoor gallery. CRUSH contributes more murals each year to the world-renowned collection of graffiti and street art that the area has become known for, growing both nationally and internationally. 

 
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Crush 2015 Recap