The artists behind Denver’s Black Love Mural Festival

//Artist Moe Gram stands in front of her mural in Denver’s Civic Center Park on June 16. Photo by Polina Saran | polinasarana@gmail.com

The Black Love Mural Festival in Denver’s Civic Center Park was originally slotted to end on June 30 but has been extended to July 7. The festival is a collaboration between Rob the Art Museum, the City of Denver and IRL art. Of the thirty Colorado-based artists of color that participated, twenty were paid for their work through a GoFundMe page. The remaining funds were used to finance community art classes. Ms. Mayhem reporters Polina Saran and Madison Lauterbach spoke with several artists who shared the inspiration behind their pieces and the project manager from Rob the Art Museum. 


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SlutWalk celebrates its 10th year with radical joy

SlutWalk celebrates its 10th year with radical joy

As Siren Sixxkiller ran around the pavilion at Cheesman Park on Saturday, she juggled greeting attendees and putting out the many fires that arise when arranging any public event. Sixxkiller is a veteran organizer of SlutWalk Denver, and she’s used to navigating snags like a last-minute change in schedule.

“The band canceled,” she said through her black face mask. “One of [the musicians] is sick. We’re kind of running behind.”

Minutes later, Sixxkiller officially kicked off the 10th annual event at the mic. Several dozen people wearing platform boots, lingerie and pasties gathered around as she went over the key elements of SlutWalk: Explicit consent for touching, hugging and photos is mandatory; attendees must wear their face masks unless they’re eating, drinking or taking photos; stay hydrated and have fun; and most importantly, if there is any type of inappropriate or unwelcome behavior, alert a SlutWalk organizer.

Slutwalk returned this year on Sept. 18. And in a change from previous iterations, this year the revelry focused on one spot instead of the usual march.