From A for altitude to Z for zero waste, the new poster commissioned by the Wellness Initiative is an artistic alphabetic tour of Boulder.
Y, of course, is for yoga.
Founded in 2005, the Wellness Initiative runs yoga and meditation programs in 20 schools in Denver and the Boulder Valley School District.
Debbie Huttner, founder and advisory board member, and her husband Michael Huttner got the idea when she saw a similar poster in Telluride. They got in touch with the artist, Klara Lapp, and learned that she once had lived in Boulder and knew the community.
They hired Lapp to create 26 different paintings that represented Boulder.
Some of the choices were obvious. C is for Chautauqua. D is for Dushanbe and its teahouse. E is for Eldora. F is for Flatirons.
"Those are just iconic places," Huttner said.
Others were a little more idiosyncratic. J is for Jewbu, a term for people who are ethnically and culturally Jewish but who practice Buddhism. The painting shows a seated figure in a yarmulke meditating beneath Tibetan prayer flags.
"We're Jewish, so we hear that term a lot in Boulder," Huttner said.
Huttner said they went with V for vegan, even the P for paleo might be more appropriate these days.
P, though, was already taken by Pearl Street.
"It was hard to really identify one for each, and there were some we really wanted to include that didn't make the cut," she said.
The images are all positive and focused on healthy living. B is for biking. G is for green streets.
"We feel really passionate about helping kids in ways that are healthy," Huttner said.
Colorado Capital Management, where Debbie Huttner works, paid for the initial printing.
The poster will be for sale at the Wellness Initiative's Yogathon from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Naropa University.
Participants in the Yogathon will perform 108 sun salutations.
The first run is 250 posters, and Huttner said they will print more when those sell out. Huttner is looking for vendors on Pearl Street who would be willing to carry the poster.
The poster costs $20 and all proceeds go to the Wellness Initiative's school programs.