The Art Directors Club Denver has once again proved sheets of paper never looked so good at the largest Paper Fashion Show in the nation. Over 50 design teams created fashions for the sold out event to benefit Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA), a local community organization that provides after-school arts programs for urban youth ages 3-17. Kids participate in projects that help build self-esteem and increase connection to the community.
Each year DAVA, as part of their curriculum, enters three teams into the Paper Fashion Show. “We have been so grateful over the years for ADCD’s involvement with our youth. Paper Fashion is the highlight of the year for kids who only imagine careers in design. They love being part of all the hubbub and naturally seeing their own designs come to life,” Says Susan Jenson, Executive Director of DAVA. “Kids are so changeable as teens and fashion is a huge inspiration—that and the fantasy component associated with no limits to the imagination. Because of ADCD, we are coming up from behind to continue offering free onsite programs for kids who just do not have access to arts programming.”
ADCD has donated $5,000 to DAVA this year bringing the total up to more than $27,000 donated to DAVA since the show began in 2004. “It’s ADCD’s mission to strengthen our community. We are humbled by the support of the community for this show and our club. DAVA is an amazing organization and we are grateful to be a part of something that truly impacts Denver’s youth,” says Tanner Bennett, ADCD’s President. “We also want to thank all our sponsors, including xpedx for donating the paper for the show, our volunteer Paper Fashion Show team headed up by Shanna McNear, Ally Feldman and Katie Matteo, and our members who have continually sought out ways to better our community.”
To find out more information on ADCD or to become a member visit www.adcd.com.
To donate to DAVA please visit www.davarts.org/donate.
The Art Directors Club of Denver, founded in 1955, is a local non-profit, multi-disciplinary creative organization focused on strengthening the creative community through education, workshops, informative events and an annual design competition. ADCD’s goal is to foster collaboration and inspiration among existing creatives, elevate local talent and resources, and empower the next generation of creative professionals.