We had a great crowd, hundreds of artists and perfect weather!
Here are some video clips from our news coverage...
a beautiful short film by Lyn Alweis of DenverPost.com
and CBS Channel 4's coverage...
Hundreds of people gathered in Civic Center Park to paint, to celebrate art, to hear music, and to support peace.
Artists...professionals, amateurs, adults, children, students and the biggest names in the Denver art scene.... all together for one day to paint in the park.
Bands and DJs supplying a musical backdrop featuring songs by John Lennon, the Beatles and songs about peace.
Peace organizations operating on local, national and international levels... groups targeting domestic violence, gang violence, and international war... all represented in one place, educating and accepting donations.
A day of art, music and inspiration that you'll never forget... free to all, on John Lennon's birthday.
with Special Guest: May Pang
John's Girlfriend 1973-75. May will be speaking onstage about life with John
and signing her book, Instamatic Karma, a photo tribute to her time with John and their friends.
The Imagine Peace Paint-In benefits the following groups:
A Letter From Yoko Ono Lennon:
IMAGINE PEACE PAINT-IN, sounds really good!
Right now, there are many people who are trying to do something with IMAGINE PEACE - make their own posters, own buttons, and pass it around in their own schools, etc. I think it will be very good to see Denver doing it in style - An event in the Park!
...Please write to us and tell us how it went with photos and stories and we will publish them on the IMAGINE PEACE website.
Watch Yoko's beautiful video explaining the Imagine Peace tower in Iceland.
Calling All Artists
You need to be here! Civic Center Park is a beautiful setting - over a city block of landscaped park connecting the Denver Art Museum and the State Capitol! The music of John Lennon and the Beatles will be your muse, and you can paint anything you want! Bring samples of your work to show if you'd like. Just bring your own materials, easel, etc and come pick your spot! You may arrive and leave any time you want! Servers will come around to provide artists with free drinks and snacks.
We're looking for professionals and amateurs, art students and art superstars!
Want to Paint, but not an Artist?
Come on Down! We will provide areas for free lessons and demos, and there will be art materials available at the Paint-In! You can leave with a souvenir of the Paint-In that YOU created!
Artist Parking at Civic Center Cultural Garage
at the Denver Art Museum, under Museum Residences.
- Enter garage at 65 W. 12th
- Walk out the NW door - on 13th
- Walk across DAM plaza into park.
Parking Rates: $1/hr for first 3 hrs; after first 3 hrs - $2 hr until $8 max for all day.
Artists with too much to carry may unload at the Denver Art Museum loading zone on 14th Ave directly across from the park, then move car.
Art credits: Dana Cain, Brianna Martray, Riva Sweetrocket
Paint for Pledges!
This is a GREAT option to promote your work and help us raise more money at the same time! Click HERE to help us by gathering funds in the name of yourself or your company! This allows us to take online pledges under YOUR name! And you get your own PAGE on the site to promote your art or your group! On your Paint for Pledges page, you can show your work, tell the world about yourself and why you are involved in the Paint-In, and list your website URL as the "tagline"! You can send emails to your friends and ask them to pledge with a link to your page on the Paint-In site!
Registration is FREE! ...But feel free to give yourself a pledge to get more exposure on our site!
The Top 20 Paint-for-Pledges participants, will be featured on our main Home Page and in our email blasts with links to their sites!
Painting for Pledges is OPTIONAL. Artists may also just show up at the park and paint on October 9!
Anyone can contribute to the Paint-In! Even if you can't make it to the park, you can make a small donation that will mean SO MUCH! We are giving 100% of our profits to PEACE groups - including the Student Peace Alliance, the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Colorado Campaign for the Dept of Peace, and the Metro Denver Gang Coalition!
We offered to give 50% of the profits to Yoko's "Imagine Peace.com" project, and she graciously said that she would rather see us keep the money in our local community and put it towards peace groups here. So, the money we raise will stay in Colorado and work toward increasing peace awareness here.
Click HERE to make a contribution of $5, $10, $20 or more! Even $5 helps a lot!
GALLERIES can also contribute at the $300 Gallery Sponsor Level and receive the following benefits:
- Linking Logo in our Partners section on the website home page.
- Partner listing in all of my emails that go out
- 10 x 10 space in the Park where you can promote the gallery, and have Gallery artists paint throughout the day.
- Your info, location, etc on a Denver Art Map being produced (thousands) for the event.
PATRONS and CORPORATIONS may also sponsor at special Giving Levels! Click HERE to see how!
With stores in Englewood and Fort Collins, Jerry's Artarama is THE place to get discount art supplies! Jerry's is a Major Partner of the Paint-In, and the team at Jerry's is donating time, money and resources for our special day! Jerry's Artarama is our Exclusive On-Site Art Supplier at the Paint-In! So if you need another canvas, an extra tube of paint - or you decide you want to chalk up the sidewalk a bit - just head over to the big Jerry's Art Supply Station tent!
Jerry's Artarama locations:
Englewood: 3473 South Broadway. Fort Collins: 420 South College Avenue
Special thanks to our Supporting Partner and next-door neighbor, the Denver Art Museum. When you come to the Paint-In, make time to stop over and see the DAM's incredible collection... Visit www.denverartmuseum.org
And a big THANKS to the Mayor's Office and the City of Denver for their cooperation, support and promotional aid.
Special Thanks to our Media partner, 99.5 The Mountain! Steve Millin, host of Breakfast with the Beatles every Sunday morning 10 - 12, has joined us in a big way! Dennis Mitchell, who hosts the national segment of Breakfast with the Beatles, is also lending support and on-air mentions! We couldn't be happier! Join the Mountain Community, and Listen to the Mountain from your computer by visiting their website: www.995themountain.com. Steve Millin is also blogging about our event at http://995themountain.com/pages/2765014.php ! The Mountain is even gathering together a group of "artists and non-artists" to participate in a big group project at the Paint-In! How cool is THAT?!
Many thanks to the City of Aurora/Art in Public Places program, the Cherry Creek North Art District, Parker-based 3 Om Yoga,and the Colorado Association of Realtors for their generous cash donation and their support of the Paint-In. Aurora's public art program is magnificent, headed by Deana Miller. Visit their website at www.auroragov.org/publicart .
The Art Students League is an inclusive and inspiring art school and community where students of all abilities are guided by professional artists to reach their highest potential. It's a visual arts resource where you can make, buy, sell, teach and support the arts. Be sure to stop by the Art Students League booth at the Paint-In!
Art Districts from around the state are jumping onboard to support the Imagine Peace Paint-In! Watch this space for MORE TO COME!
Our event will put the UNITY into Colorado's ART COMMUNITY!
The Denver Art Community is an AMAZING thing... and this event will expand that community and bring it together like nothing has before! Make plans now to be at Civic Center Park on Thursday, October 9, 2008!
That date again..... 10 - 9 - 8 !
Countdown... to the Imagine Peace Paint-In!
About the Organizer:
Dana Cain has organized more than 100 events, festivals and shows in the Denver area over the past 20 years. Westword newspaper has dubbed her "Denver's Art Party Queen" and also awarded her four "Best of Denver" awards for her event-planning efforts, including:
Best Arty Markets - Dana Cain
Dana has been around art and artists her entire life, and is currently a well-known figure on the Denver art scene. She is an art collector, in addition to being an arts organizer and supporter. Dana also hosts the popular Denver Modernism Show every August.