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Downtown Boulder and Boulder County Farmers Markets Debut the 2016 Student Banner Project on the Pearl Street Mall

Category: Press Room

For Immediate Release

This year, students from Columbine Elementary, Casey Middle School & Boulder High School show off their artistic talents on Pearl Street Mall lamp pole banners around the theme of “farming”.

BOULDER, CO [January 19, 2016] --  There are new lamp pole banners along the Pearl Street Mall featuring colorful designs.  The banners were created by student artists from Columbine Elementary, Casey Middle School and Boulder High School.   The theme, “Farming” celebrates a second year partnership between Downtown Boulder, Inc. (DBI) & the Boulder Valley School District with Boulder County Farmers Markets highlighting locally grown food and farmers. Students used a variety of mediums to create their works of art (including collage, water color & pencil art).  The banners will be on display now through mid-April.

Today, there will be a special hot chocolate & cookie reception at West Flanders Brewery from 4 – 4:30 p.m. in honor of the student artists.  Teachers along with school board members and city officials will be in attendance.  Awards will be presented to the following students from each school in the categories of “Artistry” and “Most Thematic”:

Columbine Elementary:
Most Artistic:  Jordan Marshall
Most Thematic: Jaico Pater

Casey Middle School:
Most Artistic: Evie Richardson
Most Thematic: Enrique Hernandez

Boulder High School:
Most Artistic: Siena Tone
Most Thematic: Avi Saliman

Each winner will receive a $25 Downtown Boulder Gift Card.  In addition, the public will be invited to vote for their favorite banner (“People’s Choice” Award) during Boulder Arts Week - March 25 through April 2, 2016 – the winner of this award will receive a $100 Downtown Boulder Gift Card.   Details about voting will be announced soon at  A photo gallery of all the banners, in addition to a map identifying the location of each banner can also be found on the website.

“This year’s art work is amazing,” said Anna Salim, DBI event director.  “From the elementary level to high school level, we were blown away with the talent and artistry of these students.  The partnership between DBI, the school district and Boulder County Farmers Market makes for a strong community bond.  We are excited that residents and visitors to the Pearl Street Mall will have the chance to see the work of these budding artists.”

The banner project is produced by Downtown Boulder, Inc. and sponsored by Boulder County Farmers Markets – with support from the Boulder Valley School District, City of Boulder Department of Community Vitality and GrafXGroup.

Terri Takata-Smith
(303) 449-3774
About Downtown Boulder, Inc. (DBI)
Downtown Boulder, Incorporated (DBI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to continued preservation and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community. We work to maintain downtown as the center of commerce, government, culture, and leisure. DBI members support the overall vitality of downtown through public advocacy, political involvement, and community events that enhance the Boulder experience for residents and visitors. Membership in Downtown Boulder, Incorporated (DBI) is voluntary and open to any interested person or organization.

About Boulder County Farmers Markets
Boulder County Farmers Markets are growers-only markets in Boulder, Longmont and Denver that support local farmers, ranchers and food producers. Boulder's Farmers Market was named the nation's number one farmers market by USA Today readers in August 2015. For more information about Boulder County Farmers Markets, visit

About The Boulder Valley School district (BVSD):
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) stretches from the peaks of the Continental Divide to the suburbs of Denver.  BVSD stands as a leader in academic excellence with outstanding classroom teachers, exemplary schools, and programs that support student achievement. BVSD consistently ranks among the top three of Colorado’s large Front Range school districts – and often as the TOP district – as measured by state and national academic rankings.

Each year, BVSD’s graduates are awarded millions of dollars in scholarships and score well above the state and national averages on the ACT and SAT college entrance exams. Boulder Valley students are at the top in the state in the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) results. Boulder Valley Schools also receive a tremendous amount of community support. Voters recently approved a tax increase of nearly $300 million for capital improvements to each of our 55 schools over the next six years.

About GrafXGroup:
The GrafXGroup takes a team approach to producing big visual projects, whether it is a trade show, special event, product roll out, retail POP, corporate rebranding or just dressing up the lobby. Big projects can be challenging, involving many moving parts. The GrafXGroup loves a challenge. They draw on a staff of experienced professionals and combine that with the best digital printing equipment and display technology available to fulfill their client’s imagination & vision.

About City of Boulder Department of Community Vitality
The Department of Community Vitality (DCV) was formed on Oct. 1, 2015. The department combines the functions of the previous Downtown University Hill Management Division and Parking Services/Boulder Junction with Economic Vitality.

Community Vitality focuses on economic vitality, public space management, parking, enforcement, maintenance, and transportation options to the downtown, University Hill and Boulder Junction communities through the highest level of customer service, efficient management and effective problem solving.