With the transition of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities to a non-profit organization, the Arvada City Council recognized the need for a new commission to address community cultural advocacy and public art. In November of 2015, the Council established the Arvada Arts and Culture Commission (AACC). The Commission's mission is to support, cultivate, and advocate for a variety of arts, culture, and heritage opportunities throughout our community, and its vision is: Arvada, Where Arts and Culture Live. Other goals include outreach and support of local artists; liaison and partner with the Arvada Historical Society, the Arvada Festivals Commission, the Parks Advisory Committee, and other organizations; create a Cultural District in Arvada.
In 2018, the AACC adopted a Cultural Master Plan with the goals to:
- Make Places that Deepen Community Attachment
- Invest in the Future of Arts and Culture Goals
- Create Events for Every Generation
- Make a Home for Artists and Arts and Culture
Read the full Master Plan to learn about individual goals and strategies to make Arvada a city where arts and culture live.
Arvada's Culture of Art
Arvada Artists: Arvada Has a Thriving Artistic Community. Learn more about local artists by visiting Arvada Artists.
Arvada Box Art Project: Utility boxes are excellent canvases for miniature murals —often in highly-visible areas, they can serve as a platform to showcase the historic, cultural, social, and creative values of Arvada. Learn more about the Arvada Box Art Project.
Public Art: The City of Arvada owns hundreds of pieces of art, and looks for opportunities to expand its public art collection. Learn more about Arvada's Public Art.
Bike Mural Call for Artists
The City of Arvada and the Arvada Arts & Culture Commission seek proposals for a public art mural project to be painted in Arvada at the bike safety training complex at Jefferson County Head Start. The deadline to submit is Friday, September 3. Learn more about the Bike Mural Project.