Art Lives Here Creativity Kits

Creativity Kits are free art supplies, activities, and art objects inspired by local artists. The kits are distributed to schools and community centers serving elementary and middle school children and families in and around Denver. Applications for Creativity Kits are currently closed. Sign up for our School and Teacher e-newsletter to not miss the next round of applications for Creativity Kits!

What are Creativity Kits?

Art Lives Here (ALH) Creativity Kits were developed to continue to provide access to creativity and art objects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Creativity Kits are free and distributed to schools and community centers serving elementary and middle school children and families in and around Denver. The DAM is committed to providing opportunities for artmaking, intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, and community-building.

Creativity Kits are assembled with your health and safety in mind. The Denver Art Museum’s top priority right now is ensuring the health and safety of our staff and communities. Staff wore protective masks and gloves while handling the materials. Work surfaces are continuously disinfected and ionized daily. All supplies were purchased new.

Please note: Anytime you use art supplies, it is important to read the labels and understand the risks. If you are sharing supplies or materials with young children, supervision is always recommended.

Creativity Kits are inspired by different local artists. Scroll down to learn more!

Inspired by Heidi Kirkpatrick

Portland-based photographic artist Heidi Kirkpatrick makes cyanotype art and is excited to share with you through her Art Lives Here Creativity Kit!

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. Shortly afterwards, many artists began to use the process as well to investigate the natural world and explore their own creativity.

Inspired by Jaime Molina

Denver-based artist Jaime Molina creates murals, paintings, and sculptures around our city and can’t wait to share his Art Lives Here Creativity Kit with you!

Jaime created The Family Garden to share with kids in schools and community centers. The sculpture is a wooden box with a face painted on the outside and three-dimensional cacti and a star-filled sky painted inside. The materials in Jaime’s Creativity Kit and these online resources will allow you to create your own imaginary landscape inspired by his piece.

Art Lives Here / El arte vive aquí was created thanks to generous funding from The Cathedral Fund in honor of RAND Ningali and the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation. Additional program support is provided by Terry and Linda Stevinson, Aegon Transamerica Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, Xcel Energy, the Connie Burwell White & William W. White Foundation, Institute for Museum and Library Services, an anonymous donor, and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).