8 episodes

Welcome to Living Denver! On this podcast, Denverites perform original poetry about their neighborhoods and invite listeners to share in their joy-filled memories, the challenges of gentrification, and their visions for the Mile High City.

This show is brought to you by History Colorado in partnership with House of Pod. To learn more about the Building Denver Initiative and the upcoming exhibit visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver.

Living Denver History Colorado

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 8 Ratings

Welcome to Living Denver! On this podcast, Denverites perform original poetry about their neighborhoods and invite listeners to share in their joy-filled memories, the challenges of gentrification, and their visions for the Mile High City.

This show is brought to you by History Colorado in partnership with House of Pod. To learn more about the Building Denver Initiative and the upcoming exhibit visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver.

    Change Gon’ Come by Kenya "Mahogany" Fashaw

    Change Gon’ Come by Kenya "Mahogany" Fashaw

    Kenya "Mahogany" Fashaw is a spoken word artist and an award winning playwright. She believes in telling stories that have been untold. Her art was nurtured in the heart of the Five Points community and Welton Street in Denver, Colorado.
    Kenya reads her poem “Change Gon’ Come” inspired by Sam Cooke and the Five Points neighborhood. Kenya wrote this poem after George Floyd’s murder and the summer 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

    Learn more about Kenya "Mahogany" Fashaw and follow her work at:
    5280 Artist Coop Instagram @Mahoganyfashaw  YouTube: Mahogany Fashaw For a transcript and to learn more about the Building Denver Initiative visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver. 
    And if you’re interested in how Denver’s ever-changing built environment has shaped the city from 1860 to today, visit our exhibition, Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City. You can experience this exhibition at the History Colorado Center beginning May 29, 2021. Mention this podcast to receive $2 off admission.

    • 2 min
    Welton Street Beats

    Welton Street Beats

    In this episode, Kenya "Mahogany" Fashaw performs her poem, “Change Gon’ Come” and shares stories that transport us to Juneteenth celebrations, spoken word performances at brother jeff’s community center, and places lost to gentrification on Welton Street. Kenya gives us a glimpse into the places that have built the Five Points community. 
    Kenya is a spoken word artist and an award winning playwright. She believes in telling stories that have been untold. Her art was nurtured in the heart of the Five Points community and Welton Street in Denver, Colorado. 
    Follow her work at: 5280artistcoop.com on Instagram @Mahoganyfashaw and YouTube: Mahogany Fashaw 
    For a transcript of this episode and to learn more about the Building Denver Initiative visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver. 
    Mention this podcast to receive $2 off admission to Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City - an upcoming exhibition at the History Colorado Center beginning May 29, 2021.

    • 15 min
    West Side Excursions, Adolescent Experiences circa 1985-1992 by Josiah Lopez

    West Side Excursions, Adolescent Experiences circa 1985-1992 by Josiah Lopez

    Josiah Lopez uses the street as inspiration for his work. Whether murals, graffiti, or graphic design, his art touches on the complicated narratives of urban identity. Josiah received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his work has been shown across the United States since 1998. 
    Josiah performs his original poem, “West Side Excursions” inspired by his adventures growing up in Denver’s Baker and Lincoln Park Neighborhoods. Josiah wrote this piece after the death of his friend Rocky, who introduced him to the West Side.
    See Josiah’s murals and more: https://www.josiahleelopez.com/ 
    For a transcript of this episode and to learn more about the Building Denver Initiative visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver. 
    Mention this podcast to receive $2 off admission to Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City--an upcoming exhibition at the History Colorado Center beginning May 29, 2021.

    • 3 min
    Graffiti and Gentrification

    Graffiti and Gentrification

    From tagging dumpsters in alleyways to painting murals in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District, Josiah Lee Lopez shares his story of growing up on the West Side. Josiah’s memories invite us into the intersections of art and gentrification, the changing flavors and tastes in the city, and the loss of childhood friends and familiar faces.
    Josiah Lopez uses the street as inspiration for his work. Whether murals, graffiti, or graphic design, his art touches on the complicated narratives of urban identity. Josiah received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his work has been shown across the United States since 1998. See Josiah’s murals and more: https://www.josiahleelopez.com/ 
    For a transcript of this episode and to learn more about the Building Denver Initiative visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver. 
    Mention this podcast to receive $2 off admission to Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City--an upcoming exhibition at the History Colorado Center beginning May 29, 2021.

    • 17 min
    Empire Lines: Walking Denver’s Colorado Boulevard by Jonathon Stalls

    Empire Lines: Walking Denver’s Colorado Boulevard by Jonathon Stalls

    Jonathon Stalls reads his poem “Empire Lines” inspired by experiences of living and walking alongside Colorado Boulevard. This poem is dedicated to all who move by foot or by wheelchair as their primary form of transportation in the city of Denver.
    Jonathon spent 242 days walking across the United States in 2010 and has continued to move alongside thousands of people for thousands of miles. He is an artist, social entrepreneur, advocate for social, economic, and racial justice, LGBTQIA+, Creator of Intrinsic Paths and Pedestrian Dignity, and Founder/Member of the Walk2Connect Co-op. You can learn more about Jonathon’s work at www.IntrinsicPaths.com and www.Patreon.com/IntrinsicPaths.   
    For a transcript and to learn more about the Building Denver Initiative visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver. 
    Mention this podcast to receive $2 off admission to Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City--an upcoming exhibition at the History Colorado Center beginning May 29, 2021.

    • 2 min
    Pedestrian Perspectives

    Pedestrian Perspectives

    Rain or shine, Jonathon Stalls’ regular commute takes him along Colorado Boulevard and through City Park. In this episode, Jonathon performs his original poem “Empire Lines” and offers pedestrian perspectives and visions for dignity in the Mile High City. 
    Jonathon spent 242 days walking across the United States in 2010 and has continued to move alongside thousands of people for thousands of miles. He is an artist, social entrepreneur, advocate for social, economic, and racial justice, LGBTQIA+, Creator of Intrinsic Paths and Pedestrian Dignity, and Founder/Member of the Walk2Connect Co-op. You can learn more about Jonathon’s work at www.IntrinsicPaths.com and www.Patreon.com/IntrinsicPaths.   
    For a transcript and to learn more about the Building Denver Initiative visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver. 
    Mention this podcast to receive $2 off admission to Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City--an upcoming exhibition at the History Colorado Center beginning May 29, 2021.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Bridge Builder 5280 ,

Proud of our city!

Working on this podcast was a highlight of my career and hearing the poetry and voices of the people of this city is such a gift to my soul! Grateful for these episodes to share with friends and family who have lived in this city for decades

You Might Also Like