Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)

March 21 - June 7, 2019

  • Opening reception: Thursday, March 21st, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm with hip hop dance performances by DAVA youth
Edible is an exhibition packed full of nutrition for the mind and body. DAVA Youth present arts-based approaches to healthy lifestyles, including photography, drawing, digital media, dance and indoor farming. Guest artist Travis Vermilye will exhibit drawings alongside DAVA youth artists.

Middle and high school students in DAVA’s Job Training in the Arts and Technology Program learned about nutrition and urban agriculture with Annie Toro Lopez and Don Lopez, founders of Seed to Savor Farm, Living Food for the Future. Students also visited the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center for inspiration. One group is growing food in their classroom. Another is creating intriguing digital images based on organic and inorganic food sources. These images bring both playful and critical approaches to how teens think about making healthy choices. We are also partnering with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance to bring hip hop dance classes to DAVA, culminating in a performance during the opening reception. Younger students in the DAVA Open Studio present their study of nutrition through film photography. Students were introduced to nutrition facts, vitamins and minerals that nourish our body. They also experienced cooking and eating new foods and a special yoga session with Tyrone Beverly from I’m Unique. Students learned to use film cameras for portraits and food photography in conjunction with the Month of Photography, a city-wide focus of photographic media.

Guest artist Travis Vermilye’s graphite drawings about physical inactivity add to the exhibition. He explores sedentary lifestyles at the cellular level, representing health and ecological concerns in a new way. Vermilye is trained in medical and biological illustration and teaches scientific media and digital design at the University of Colorado Denver.

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)
1405 Florence St
Aurora CO 80010
Mon-Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm or by appointment