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Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Street Wise Boulder 2021

Ok, by now you know I'm a big street art fan!

One thing that really surprised me when we moved to Colorado is the wealth of street art here. Both Boulder and Denver have some really great murals and if you been following along here for a while (or on Instagram) you're sure to have seen a lot of fun murals popping up in my posts. When we moved here from the Bay Area I honestly thought we'd be saying goodbye to colorful walls, but it's been such a fun surprise to find so much creativity and color here in Colorado. It's not all hiking and mountains!

In fact, street art is such a big part of the culture here in Colorado that there are several street art festivals held each year. In the past I've shared Colfax Canvas, Babe Walls and Crush Walls here on the blog (and lots on Instagram), and today I'm sharing another street art festival and one that's a little closer to home. It's Street Wise Boulder!

Mural by @hieroveiga
Mural by @chelsealewinski
Mural by @adamraiola and @kaitlinorin
Mural by @lizzymahervelous
Mural by @bunnieluvrocks
Mural by @mjlindo
Mural by @oneiromancy and @lindeezimmer
Mural by @reveryart
Mural by @pin.pusher and @chrishaven
Mural by @jasontgraves
Mural by @jcbl1
Mural by @remoteroc and @chromaj
Mural by @chelsealewinski
Murals by @hieroveiga and @chelsealewinski
Mural by @ozjuahsepia
Mural by @mi_moegram

Street Wise Boulder is a week long "ARTivism" festival run by Street Wise Arts in September each year. Since it's beginning in 2019, the festival has added a ton of color to the walls of Boulder, but that's not all it has added. The festival and the murals have a strong focus on social justice, celebrating cultural diversity, and making art accessible. The artists involved come from a multitude of backgrounds and cultures. 

This year's Street Wise Boulder festival was held September 5th through 12th. Throughout the week there were various activities and events, with the main event, as such, being the new murals that went up throughout the city during this time. We didn't get a chance to take part in any of the events or activities, however we did go on a mural hunt on the last day to check out all of the finished (or almost finished) works.

Given that there are close to 30 murals and they're spread all around Boulder, we didn't get to see them all in the one day. So we went back again this past weekend to check out the remaining murals that we had missed. You'll notice that the girls change outfits throughout the photos! 

Let's take a look at some murals, starting with those we checked out during the festival. As always, I've tagged the artists with their Instagram handles and if you click their names it will take you through to their Instagram accounts.
  
Mural by @bunnieluvrocks
Mural by @aerose_art and @michaela_art_kay
Mural by @remoteroc and @chromaj
Mural by @mi_moegram
Mural by @artworkofsofirami
Mural by @zaidasart
Sculpture by @dayinthelyfe
Mural by @kendallrose.art
Mural by @kendallrose.art
Mural by @shie_moreno

Now let's take a look at the murals we checked out this past weekend...

Mural by @amandawolf_art
Mural by @amandawolf_art
Mural by students of Jarrow Montessori School and @tortegaartist
Mural by @oneiromancy and @lindeezimmer
Mural by @oneiromancy and @lindeezimmer
Mural by @seewalker_art
Murals by @ladiesfancyworksociety, @cyathecreator and @ozjuahsepia 
Mural by @pin.pusher and @chrishaven
Mural by @pin.pusher and @chrishaven
Mural by @ozjuahsepia
Mural by @lizzymahervelous
Mural by @lizzymahervelous
Mural by @lizzymahervelous
Mural by @chelsealewinski
Mural by @chelsealewinski

Mural by @hieroveiga
Mural by @Remixuno
Mural by @adamraiola and @kaitlinorin
Mural by @oneiromancy and @lindeezimmer
Mural by @mjlindo
Mural by @jasontgraves
Mural by @tonyzellahaart

If you'd like to check out the murals from this year's Street Wise Boulder festival, or previous years for that matter, you can find an interactive map here

While we were out checking out the murals from this year's festival we came across quite a few other great murals that I wanted to share here too. Some are from previous year's festivals while others are unrelated. Let's take a look...

Mural by @detour303 at Dairy Arts Center
Mural at Dairy Arts Center
Mural at Dairy Arts Center
Murals from Street Wise Boulder 2020
Murals from Street Wise Boulder 2020
Mural by @oak_bloak for Street Wise Boulder 2019

If you'd like to learn more about Street Wise Boulder visit https://www.streetwiseboulder.com/.

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