Billboards for Good

By partnering with nonprofit Arts Street we gave young artists in Denver the opportunity to create their very own masterpiece - and put it on our billboards.

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The Artists

Victor Martinez

Victor has loved to draw since he was little - especially cars. In addition to drawing cars, he loves working on them, and plans on becoming an automotive technician. After transferring high schools, Victor found Arts Street, where he quickly strove to take any art classes between his schooling and a full-time job. He's now taken classes in photography, video, and digital media/design, which helped his motivation in school. Victor graduated in May 2017, and plans on saving money and going to college in the future.

"Art is another perspective - a perspective that only you can create, and you can create your own world. Art makes you free."

"Art is another perspective - a perspective that only you can create, and you can create your own world. Art makes you free."

Goretti Murguia

Goretti was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and came to Denver when she was 10 years old. She began practicing art after being inspired by her mother and brother, who both draw. After transferring high schools, Goretti found Arts Street, and recently worked with the program on creating a public arts project that really had an impact on her. She experienced first-hand how creating public art is a great way to meet different people with different perspectives, and how young people can make a difference in the community through art.

"Art is not only drawing, painting, it's also dancing - everything is art and anyone can do it."

"Art is not only drawing, painting, it's also dancing - everything is art and anyone can do it."

Laura Carillo

Laura has been practicing art since she was 13. Being naturally shy, she found that art helped her to show her personality and express herself, and practicing art became a welcome relief from her own life's struggles, including depression. Laura aspires to become a tattoo artist, where she hopes to give others tattoos that represent the things most meaningful and important in their lives.

"Maybe they don't speak English, maybe they don't speak Spanish, but they'll understand art, because art is universal."

"Maybe they don't speak English, maybe they don't speak Spanish, but they'll understand art, because art is universal."

Devin Urioste

Devin Urioste is a local artist and musician in Denver. A Colorado native, Devin began working with spray paint, creating street art in and around the city. He has since branched out into other artistic arenas like collage, typography, and mixed media. He is obsessed with letters, loves exploring the many forms and shapes letters can become. Devin teaches music classes to kids at local nonprofit Youth On Record, and has created a number of murals that can be seen all across Denver.

"Art is my entire life. All I think about is what I am going to paint next, and where I am going to paint next. Art means everything to me. It is the way I live."

"Art is my entire life. All I think about is what I am going to paint next, and where I am going to paint next. Art means everything to me. It is the way I live."

Manuel DeLaCruz

Originally from Los Angeles, Manuel moved to Denver in middle school. When he was little, Manuel began making characters from pipe cleaners, which he called "strings". His artistic pursuits only grew from there, where he continued to develop his artistry in different high school art classes. Manuel recently graduated from high school, and now works with the youth arts program at Access Gallery, where he continues to make characters with his "strings".

"Art is to create a new idea that other people didn't come up with. Art makes me feel good and happy and expressing myself through other ideas."

"Art is to create a new idea that other people didn't come up with. Art makes me feel good and happy and expressing myself through other ideas."

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About the Campaign

At FirstBank, we don't just care about our customers, we care about our community. That's why we partnered with Arts Street in creating these four billboards - each one a young artist's very own unique piece of art. We provided Denver youth with canvases for individual expression, in a safe and constructive environment. Once they finished creating their masterpieces, we took the completed works and put them in places where everyone could appreciate them.

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