DENVER - The 30th annual Colorado Black Arts Festival is underway this weekend.
The event celebrates art and culture. In light of the tragedy in Dallas and the recent fatal shootings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota by police, some of the participating artists are sharing a different message this year.
Artist Sandi Johnson with Old School Lane says this year's Black Arts Festival is a little different because of the three days of turmoil the nation has experienced.
She hopes to spread unity and hope through her artwork.
"We're no different than anybody else and we're no scarier than anybody else," Johnson said, "Having events like this hopefully show the community that we're all the same."
Artists say it’s important to celebrate culture and art now more than ever. Johnson says her pieces have been inspired by current events, like the Black Lives Matter movement.
"I just like to paint sometimes when the world gets really ugly. I can control it by painting really beautiful things and making the world beautiful," Johnson said.
While Johnson aimed to spread feelings of hope and unity, other artists had different messages for the public.
Artist Anyana Frazier, 16, wants to warn the public about the dangers of continued violence through her artwork. Other artists such as Stephanie Bell hoped to let the community know that beauty extends beyond race.
"Theres beauty in everything. That's what I want everybody to know," Bell said.
The Black Arts Festival continues through Sunday at 8 p.m. at City Park in Denver.