Downtown Boulder and the Boulder County Farmers' Market Team Up to Debut the "Local Foods & Farmers" Banner Project

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Students from Columbine Elementary, Casey Middle School & Boulder High School show off their artistic talents on Pearl Street Mall lamp pole banners

BOULDER, CO [January 7, 2015] --  Starting this week, Downtown Boulder, Inc. (DBI) will begin installing new lamp pole banners along the Pearl Street Mall created by the talents and imagination of 53 budding artists from Columbine Elementary, Casey Middle School and Boulder High School.   This year’s theme, “Local Foods and Farmers” celebrates locally grown food and farmers and is supported in part by the Boulder County Farmers’ Market. Students used a variety of mediums to create their works of art (including collage, water color & digital art).  The banners will be on display now through mid-April.

The student artists will be on hand for a special hot chocolate & cookie reception next Tuesday, January 13th at West Flanders Brewery from 4 – 4:30 p.m.  Students, along with teachers, school board members and city officials will be in attendance.  Awards will be presented to students from each school in the categories of “Artistry” and “Most Thematic”. Winners 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 27 through April 4, 2015 – the winner of this award will receive a $100 Downtown Boulder Gift Card.   Details about voting will be announced soon at The reception also marks the official “opening” of the project.  

 “This is just a such a great way to showcase some of our young artists we have in Boulder so the entire community can enjoy their work." said Sean Maher, CEO of Downtown Boulder."And our partnership this year with the Farmers’ Market got the kids really excited about local food and sustainability. They took the theme seriously and created some amazing art. I hope everyone gets down to the mall over the next few months to enjoy the show and get inspired by the next generation of great artists in Boulder!"

Starting next week, a photo gallery of the banners will be featured on the Downtown Boulder website:, as well as a map identifying the location of each banner.   In addition to the lamp pole banners, a banner designed by Boulder High School’s Sarah Kennedy will be on display at the Visitor Information Center (1303 Pearl Street). 

The banner project is produced by the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District  and sponsored by the Boulder County Farmers’ Market – with support from the Boulder Valley School District, City of Boulder Parking Services 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 the Boulder County Farmers’ Market
The Boulder Count Farmers' Market is a growers-only market that support only local farmers, ranchers and food producers. Visitors will find a wide variety of fresh Colorado-grown produce suited to their personal choices. The market welcomes farmers who use conventional methods of growing, and those who are certified organic growers. All items marketed as "organic" have been grown on farms that are certified by the State of Colorado. For more information about Boulder County Farmers’ Market, 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 GrafX Group:
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 Parking Services
City of Boulder Parking Services manages the parking garages, on-street systems and enforcement for Boulder's three major commercial areas: Downtown Boulder, University Hill and, when completed, Boulder Junction. They also manage the 10 Neighborhood Permit programs throughout Boulder.

Their mission is to provide quality program, parking, enforcement, maintenance, and alternative modes services through the highest level of customer service, efficient management and effective problem solving.