The Dairy Arts Center’s newest outdoor mural/wheatpaste by Erica Pacha, is a collaboration with Streetwise Boulder and Project Worthmore, an organization in aurora Colorado who works with refugees from 160 countries. “We have been working in the refugee community since 2009 and the entire time we have always woven arts and music into the work that we do.. We have seen firsthand the stereotypes and barriers that have broken down by making this an integral part of our work. To us at PWM there is no better way to bring people together from all parts of the world that live in our back yard than through art.”
Erica Pacha creates large-scale photographic murals using a unique ‘layered in camera’ photographic style, that explores the mystical and mysterious sides of the feminine. She is interested in creating opportunities for ‘humans to be seen’ and vulnerabilities to be shared while connecting deeply through Social Art and street art practices.
Pacha photographed PW as a way to celebrate and create awareness around the diverse community who works within PW. To bring focus to the work that Project Worthmore does with Refugees and share the storylines of these people, who are often not seen or heard, gives way to the important work that they do in the world. Pacha is driven to to take her style of art and merge it with organizations who are reaching marginalized communities and lifting them up through the expression of creativity.
Art has the potential to raise awareness about humanity and our relationship to others and our bond with our environment.This project is grassroots in merging imagery into a storytelling platform, to give rise to conversation about important topics. This project acts as an opportunity for people to be seen and stories to be told, to weave together those who have migrated from lands who could not support them and create a life helping and serving other people. Art acts as a platform of transformation through the act of creating beauty and to bring this into the community to inspire a deeper level of awareness.