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Photos: ‘ArtManDo’ brings a splash of color to Dillon Valley Elementary

DILLON — The students at Dillon Valley Elementary were excited to see Armando Silva, known as “ArtManDo,” at school again. The artist had previously demonstrated his painting skills in the spring when he completed a creative and colorful portrait of Albert Einstein.

Silva was born in Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico, and moved to Colorado with his family at age 5. He lives in Greeley, where he says the downtown area is a giant canvas for his work.

“It’s been really very welcoming, very open door,” Silva said about the mural experience at Dillon Valley Elementary. “Just to see the parents interact (with the mural) as well, it’s like they feel very empowered within the space.”

Silva aims to empower through his art and bring people together through language and culture. He emphasizes inclusivity and respect in his discussions with the children.

Silva wants the children to use their imagination when interpreting the various symbols and text within the mural.

The mural will be dedicated at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Dillon Valley Elementary.

The dedication of the mural coincides with El Grito de Todos, a celebration of Mexican and Central American independence, including Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Armando Silva’s paint-covered ladder rests against the mural he has been working on Thursday, Sept. 12, at Dillon Valley Elementary in Dillon. Silva, also known as “ArtManDo,” has been working on the mural all week and interacting with students, teachers and staff. His completed mural will be dedicated Friday to celebrate El Grito, which is Monday, Sept. 16.
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Principal Scott Vanloo presents Thursday, Sept. 12, the artist Armando Silva to a class at Dillon Valley Elementary in Dillon.
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Armando Silva, also known as “ArtManDo,” talks to students about the mural he has been painting at Dillon Valley Elementary.
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An engaging bilingual speaker, Armando Silva talks to students about the mural he has been painting at Dillon Valley Elementary.
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Children eagerly listen to Armando Silva, also known as “ArtManDo,” as he talks to them about the mural he has been painting at Dillon Valley Elementary.
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With his signature red, paint-splattered hat, Armando Silva answers questions from students about the mural he has been painting at Dillon Valley Elementary.
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Preschoolers get a high-five Thursday, Sept. 12, from Armando Silva, also known as “ArtManDo,” at Dillon Valley Elementary. Silva has been working on a mural in the foyer all week long and interacting with students, teachers and staff.
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Armando Silva’s mural at Dillon Valley Elementary. His completed mural will be dedicated Friday to celebrate El Grito, which is Monday, Sept. 16.
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