Q: Can I submit images of graffiti?

A: This is a complex question, but the simple answer is: probably. While we are not interested in graffiti or tagging associated with active gangs, we are certainly interested in graffiti with artistic intent. Naturally, this is interpretable. Curators of the Denver Urban Art Directory will approve and deny submissions at their discretion.

Q: Can I submit more than one image of the same work of art?

A: Yes! You can submit multiple images by uploading a ZIP of all the images you want to include. See creating ZIPs for Mac and Windows.

Q: Where do the images go?

A: The images will be housed in the Denver Urban Art Directory, a directory within the Auraria Library Digital Collections. By going to the Denver Urban Art Collection page, you can browse or search for images by title, artist, keyword, or photographer; or you can search an interactive map. We will also keep backup copies of the images in an Amazon Glacier-based cloud storage system for archiving purposes with the artist's permission. The images available in the directory or the interactive map will be low-resolution to ocmply with the Fair Use exceptions in United States copyright law.

Q: Will I have copyright to these images?

A: Photographs mainly showing another person's artistic work do not merit copyright as the images are considered derivative works. It's better to think of your image as a contribution to this directory project!  For similar reasons, Creative Commons licenses to the photographs are also not applicable.  If you are concerned about this issue, please consider before posting. If at any point you decide you no longer wish to participate in this project, you may ask us to remove your image(s) and we will do so without question. A goal of this project is to record these works of art for posterity and encourage people to go see the original pieces. We hope you're excited about participating!

Q: Will I be credited for my image?

A: Yes! Your name will appear as "Photographer" in the image's record.

Q: How do I find GIS coordinates for my image?

A: This is very important! GIS coordinates help us enrich the project experience and make it interactive. Generally, if you are using your smartphone to take pictures and its location services are enabled, each photograph will come with geographic coordinates, which you can view in the each image's settings. Regardless of what you use to take photographs, you can use your smartphone to determine your exact location after snapping a picture. This is most easily done with Google Maps, which provides clear instructions for a variety of devices.

Q: What do you mean by "Denver"?

A: It is unfair to set boundaries to the city limits since wonderful murals and sculptures can be found beyond them. Although we would like submitters to focus on the metro area, our simplest boundary rule for this project is the Colorado state line.

Q: Do you have some examples of the kinds of thing you're looking for?

A: Yes! If it's currently in the Directory, it's just the kind of thing we want. After a few minutes of browsing, you will get a feel for the kinds of images we want.

Generally speaking, though, there are a few things we're not interested in:

  • Black & white Images or those with filters:

  • Tags with little or no artistic intention / associated with gang activity:

Q: I’m the original artist. How can I interact with this project?

A: There are a number of ways we hope you take part! Please send us your own images of art that you want to have as part of this digital collection at Auraria Library.  In addition to adding your own pictures, we encourage you to write an artist’s statement that can accompany each piece of your work, regardless of who submitted the image using this form. Of course, if you do not want your art represented in this project, we will absolutely remove any photos of your piece and not allow further entries showing your work.  If you do want to participate and desire high-resolution representations of your work preserved in our digital archive, please contact our Digital Collections Manager.