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Annual Student Banner Project Adorns Light Poles on the Pearl Street Mall

Category: Press Room

Student artists from Columbine Elementary, Casey Middle School and Boulder High School showcase their creativity on Pearl Street Mall lamp pole banners now through April

Boulder, Colorado [January 26, 2018] – The Pearl Street Mall is brimming with innovative art thanks to the talented work of 53 talented artists from Columbine Elementary, Casey Middle School, and Boulder High School.

The Downtown Boulder Partnership's sixth annual Student Banner Contest explores the theme: The Future of Boulder. Students were asked to focus on transportation, architecture & open space as they visually interpreted the theme. The results are displayed on 50 new lamp pole banners with three additional banners displayed at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center (1303 Pearl Street) through mid-April 2018. The students showcased their creativity by using mediums ranging from digital photography to pencil art and water colors.

On January 23rd, awards were presented to students from each school in the categories of “Artistry” and “Most Thematic”:

Columbine Elementary School
•    Most Artistic: Sullivan Nasif
•    Most Thematic: Lyra Ryerson

Casey Middle School
•    Most Artistic: Sara Cuerro Melo
•    Most Thematic: Anna Boromisza-Habashi

Boulder High School
•    Most Artistic: Jojo Begin
•    Most Thematic: Beau Sivy

In addition, the public will be invited to vote for their favorite banner (“People’s Choice” award) during Boulder Arts Week, March 30 – April 7 online at The winning artist based on votes will receive a $100 Downtown Boulder Gift Card!

“The Downtown Boulder Partnership looks forward to working with BVSD every year on this project,” said Anna Salim, VP of Events. “It’s always impressive to see students of all ages provide their creative interpretations of the general theme. This year, we see glimpses of the future through the eyes of some of the most talented students in Boulder.”

A photo gallery of the banners is featured on the Downtown Boulder website:, as well as a map identifying the location of each banner.

The banner project is produced by Downtown Boulder Partnership and sponsored by ANB Bank with support from the Boulder Valley School District, City of Boulder Department of Community Vitality and GrafXGroup.

For more information:
General public: 303-449-3774 |
Press: Terri Takata-Smith, VP of Marketing & Communications
303-449-3774 (office)|
About the Downtown Boulder Partnership

The Downtown Boulder Partnership (DBP) is a non-profit organization, originally founded in 1984 as Downtown Boulder Incorporated, dedicated to continued preservation, promotion and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community.  With a mission to maintain Downtown as the center of commerce, government, culture, and leisure, DBP’s membership supports the overall vitality of Downtown through public advocacy, political involvement, and by producing year-round community events that enhance the Boulder experience for residents and visitors.  (