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DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) says
This exhibit explores the theme of peace through artworks by DAVA youth. Many students at DAVA come from areas of conflict or see violence on the news, at school or in the community. This exhibit explored the ideas of past and present peace makers and highlights hopes for a more peaceful future. The opening reception is on Friday June 24th from 4 to 7:30 pm and runs through September 2nd, 2016. DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) is located at 1405 Florence Street, one block south of Colfax in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. All DAVA exhibits are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday or by appointment.

Groups of students researched Nobel Peace Prize individuals before discussing peace activism. Middle school Job Training Students created large murals layering experimental painting with figurative images and text about peace. Computer Art Lab youth designed posters blending words and images using Photoshop. Morena, age 13 writes: “Kindness and the acceptance of others is just a portion of what Peace means to me.”

Younger students, in DAVA’s Open Studio created ceramic sculptures of each other doing peaceful activities, focusing on the idea of respect, sharing and tolerance. Students also created an interactive installation where people can sit peacefully and get to know others better. Messages of peace will be added to hanging paper vines by students and visitors for the duration the exhibit.

Guest artist Ariella J. Asher presents paintings that relate to acceptance and peace. She will create a live painting during the opening relating ideas of peace to students’ and peacemakers’ ideas from the exhibit.
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By: DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts)

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