Murals have long served as a tool for expression and social engagement; they represent an aesthetic element that integrates diverse cultural components into our physical environment. Trees, Water & People (TWP) teamed up with artist Armando Silva to bring climate migration stories, indigenous ancestry, and resilience to life through a vibrant, larger-than-life mural in downtown Fort Collins. Spanning more than 40 feet, the Colores de la Comunidad is a dynamic, thought-provoking mural filled with symbolism. The mural was designed based on conversations and interviews with Poudre School District students and teachers, local Native American friends of TWP, and TWP partners in Central America and Pine Ridge, South Dakota. In the painting, Silva shares these stories of migration, the challenges indigenous communities endure and portrays them in a beautiful, colorful and impactful piece.

WHAT: The unveiling of the Colores de la Comunidad, an art intervention about climate
migration… the people, their stories.

WHO: Sebastian Africano, Executive Director, Trees, Water & People; Armando Silva, painter,
muralist, and performer; representatives from the City of Fort Collins; and Poudre High School
students and TWP partners interviewed for the mural.

WHEN: Friday, October 9th from 4-7 p.m. members of the community are invited to take a masked stroll through the alley to view the mural.

WHERE: Tenney Alley in Old Town Fort Collins between North Mason Street and North
College Ave behind Austin’s Grill and Clothes Pony.