RiNo’s annual street art event, The Crush, is back to transform the neighborhood into an urban art safari with vibrant, new murals this fall. From Sept 12 through Sept 18, local and international artists will descend on RiNo for one week of painting, ultimately resulting in the creation of nearly 100 new murals throughout the area.
During the week of painting, visitors can stop by to see the artists at work and chat with them about their craft, process, or vision.
“For such a creative community, this is one of the most exciting events of the year,” Co-Founder of the RiNo Art District and artist, Tracy Weil explained. “It allows everyone, from artists to art lovers to connect with the art on a much deeper level like you could never experience in a gallery.”
In addition to the muraling, visitors can enjoy a number of community pop-up events throughout the neighborhood. These include pop-up workout classes with Mana Pilates; special promotional discounts at Epic Ryde, Dead Artists’ Gallery, and The Fitness Branch; and several parties at Infinite Monkey Theorem, Ratio Brewing, Exdo Event Center, Nocturne, Cold Crush, and Blackshirt Brewery.
“This year, we are really trying to engage our local businesses to get involved in the Crush beyond just having a wall painted,” said Jamie Licko, RiNo Art District Executive Director. “Several businesses are hosting really unique parties and promos for the community to come out and enjoy.”
Founded by Denver artist, Robin Munro, The Crush firmly cemented its roots in RiNo, partnering with the RiNo Art District this year to expand the event to be bigger than ever before.
“The Crush was born here in RiNo and we are so excited to be able to keep it here while thriving,” Munro said. “I couldn’t imagine this event anywhere else; it would lose that wild spirit that you can only find here.”
The partnership between the two non-profits offers an exciting opportunity for collaboration for both the planning committee and the community. According to Licko, the Crush provides up-and-coming artists a platform for their work, puts local businesses receiving a mural on the forefront of Denver’s burgeoning arts scene, boost the local economy by driving business from event visitors, and helps bring international attention to the innovative work being done in RiNo.
“The Art District is really pushing to foster creative partnerships between The Crush, artists, and business owners here in RiNo,” Licko said. “The Crush offers the unique opportunity for everyone to benefit greatly while still supporting one another.”
The Crush will take place throughout the RiNo Art District from Sept 12-18. For more information on the schedule of events, mural map, artist lineup, or volunteer opportunities, visit www.coloradocrush.org.