Whether you're interested in the history of African American men and women in "Blue" or exploring the sentiment of "Being Blue" expressed through art, we've got two great exhibits coming to the Blair-Caldwell Library in May.
To Serve and Protect: The History of African American Police Officers in Denver Exhibit and Reception
On Display: May 4 - 30
Reception: Wednesday, May 6, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
The Denver Police Museum presents a look at the past, highlighting male and female African American police officers who have served the community. The exhibit will feature oral histories from retired officers, as well as uniforms, badges and other artifacts. The reception will include brief remarks by Executive Director of Safety, Stephanie O'Malley and Denver Police Department District 6 Commander Antonio Lopez.
The Denver Police Law Enforcement Museum (DPLEM) is dedicated to preserving the history of law enforcement and policing in the City and County of Denver through the collection and preservation of artifacts, documents and photographs for future generations and scholarly research; and to educating the public about the history of law enforcement through interpretive exhibits, educational programs, and hands-on activities.
On Being Blue: Community Art Show and Reception
On Display: May 2 - 29
Reception: Saturday, May 9, 1 - 4 p.m.
“On Being Blue,” curated by Helen Littlejohn, will feature over 15 artists from the local community showcasing work that explores both the color and sentiment of BLUE. We use the word to describe our emotional state of being 'out of sorts' or even moving into the realm of actual depression. Artists will express their choice, ranging from any shade of blue, or expressing the emotion. The reception will feature a live painting demonstration by John Davis, poetry by Michelle Sisk and a panel discussion on the intersection of art and mental illness. Featured artists include: Alistair Bane, Jay Paul Apodaca, Rob Yancey, Irving Watts, Teresa Duran, Tammy Yancey, Rochelle Johnson, Patricio Cordova, Adrienne Norris, Christine Fontenot, Kiyasha Newson, Stevon Lucero, Robert Martinez, Randy McNaulty and others.