“Dear Mayor Hancock” an exhibit that puts focus on Denver’s homeless
When author Sarah Gerard arrived in Denver this fall, her plans were sure and simple: She’d spend six weeks coaching the teens in PlatteForum’s Learning Lab to write straightforward autobiographies, and then to make collages from old magazines that would tell their personal stories in a more artful way.
“But then the notifications came out about the sweeps” said PlatteForum programming director Rebecca Vaughan. “And everything changed.”
“The sweeps” refers to the city of Denver’s campaign to move homeless people in PlatteForum’s Curtis Park neighborhood off the streets as the weather was turning cold. It went on for weeks, and turned controversial as police began enforcing the city’s public “camping ban,” which meant confiscating blankets, sleeping bags and tarps from citizens who had no other shelter to
Platteforum program director Rebecca Vaughan, left, and artist Sarah Gerard examine photos of neighborhood residents who are dealing with issues of homelessness. The pictures are part of the exhibit “Dear Mayor Hancock, What Are You Going to Do?” Ray Rinaldi, Special to The Denver Post