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Annetta Crecelius

Director of Marketing & Communications

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The University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies (CJS) and Holocaust Awareness Institute (HAI) announced a new initiative called Art/Awareness/Diversity (A/A/D). Inspired by the 2014 donation of the Colors of My Life art collection by Paula Berger, a local Jewish artist and Holocaust survivor, A/A/D features artists from a range of diverse cultures, religions, and backgrounds, and is intended to prompt conversations about intercultural respect, diversity, and inclusion in workplaces, educational institutions, organizations, and other civic spaces across Colorado.

The project will launch in October with an exhibit in the University of Denver Anderson Academic Commons’ Dr. Helen G. and Albert F. Morris Exhibit Display through January 2018. Other pilot hosts for this project include The Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, the Five Points Business District, the Social Security Administration, and Regis University, with other organizations coming on board shortly.

The five featured 2017–2018 artists and artworks are (above, from left to right) Colorado Faith by Paula Berger, Garden & Lightby Mamiko M. Ikeda, Space Between by Rochelle Johnson, New Cheyenne Baby Girl by George Curtis Levi, and Floreciente (Flourishing) by Emanuel Martinez.

For more information about Art/Awareness/Diversity and the 2017–2018 artwork, visit To become a host organization, email