Meet Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand; City Park’s Lily Pond; May 16

A woman standing on the side of a stone wall.

Next Tuesday, May 16, the City Park Friends and Neighbors (CPFAN) Board of Directors and interested CPFAN members will meet with Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand at the Lily Pond, located southwest of the Museum of Nature and Science to brainstorm ideas for a Land Acknowledgement installation in the area.  Kristina is a Sicangu Lakota and Cherokee artist who is a co-chair of the Denver Indian Commission and a Creative and Public Engagement Fellow at the Denver Art Museum. She has also created several Land Acknowledgement art installations in the Denver area. One of the most recent is a Living Land Acknowledgement in Five Points, funded through a “P.S. You Are Here†grant administered by Denver Arts and Venues (DAV).  The sponsor is Redline Contemporary Art Center. The Land Acknowledgement is a garden surrounding a topiary sculpture featuring indigenous plants “that thrive in Colorado’s arid climate and reconnect gardeners to native plants and promote environmental sustainability,” according to the grant.

On May 12, Kristina has an art show opening at the Dairy in Boulder. Works on display will include illustrations, graphic design, portraits, a small animatic and two mini land acknowledgment prototypes. For more information, go to .

What would a Land Acknowledgement look like at City Park’s Lily Pond? Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join us at the Lily Pond to share your ideas. Participants’ input will guide CPFAN and Kristina as we explore the idea of applying for a P.S. You Are Here grant for a Land Acknowledgement at City Park’s Lily Pond. These neighborhood grants are for short-term projects and could help inform the more long-term Land Acknowledgement that Denver Parks and Recreation is planning.

We encourage you to walk or bike to the Lily Pond. The closest parking is accessible by entering the park at Montview Blvd and traveling south until you reach the roundabout near 17th Avenue. The Lily Pond will be to the north. If you have questions, email us at