Arts Street and lead artist, Katy Casper, worked with 22 youth artists, ages 14-20, over 6 weeks this summer, to learn the principles of permaculture design and create a regenerative urban farming installation with integrated artistic elements in Denver’s La Alma neighborhood. This installation is in front of Denver Housing Authority’s Tapiz residential public housing. Youth met with residents from the community for input on planting and design. Through their experience, youth learned techniques for planting and maintaining garden space, for creating public art and produced easy to share information about the process to educate the community. This installation will provide produce for the community, educate about permaculture and urban farming and beautify the neighborhood.
Community Education & Poster Design
A secondary element of the Edible Artscapes project was to educate the youth about urban farming so that they could then spread their knowledge into the community. Each youth was assigned a topic which they researched in depth about urban farming and/or the environment (such as bioremediation and desertification). Using Adobe Illustrator, youth then digitally designed a symbol for their topic and created a poster with facts and illustrations on their subject. T he symbols were also incorporated into the large painted mural of the urban garden they created in front of DHA’s Tapiz building. The posters will be displayed on the new Arts Street website and the garden will have signage with a QR code connecting the general public to the posters so they can learn more.