The City of Arvada owns hundreds of pieces of art. One of the main responsibilities of the Arvada Arts and Culture Commission is to catalog and maintain these pieces so that they may be enjoyed long into the future. The Commission will also be exploring ways to expand the City's collection of public art.
In addition to the following "Spotlights on Public Art," learn about the Arvada Box Art Project.
Spotlights on Public Art
The City of Arvada has coordinated with Babe Walls, a female and non-binary group to bring Babe Walls art murals to the Lamar Underpass July 15 - 18. Twenty-six local and out-of-state artists will come together at the Lamar Underpass to create big, colorful pieces of public art for Arvada residents and people passing through Arvada to enjoy. Learn more by watching the video under "featured video."
LandMark Environmental Art Exhibit
This outdoor exhibition features the work of 14 accomplished regional and local Colorado artists. Each public artwork addresses the environment or sense of place— In a time that is marked by widespread isolation, these works are a direct connection between artists and people, fostering a sense of discovery, community, and environmental awareness. For more information, visit the exhibit website: landmarkexhibit.org and Instagram @landmarkexhibit. Share your visit online using #landmarkexhibit. This exhibit is a temporary, public outdoor exhibition curated by Kalliopi Monoyios and Anna Kaye on view through April 22, 2024.
Short Story Dispensers
Short Story Dispensers are designed to deliver fiction to the public to revive the art of storytelling. The Dispensers publish contemporary short stories, free of charge in unexpected places from airports to libraries and cafes. In Arvada, you'll find a Short Story Dispenser in LUKI Brewery (14715 W 64th Ave Units A&B).
Art Drop Arvada
Art Drop Arvada fosters a community of artists and art treasure hunters in Arvada so that we can all celebrate our local art scene together. They do this by hiding local art in public and community spaces throughout our beautiful city. Each piece is from a local artist and is free to whoever finds it first. Art Drop Arvada encourages locals to get out and explore their city, connects artists with art-lovers. For more information, visit artdroparvada.com or follow them on Instagram @artdroparvada.
Point Gate, by Jodie Roth Cooper, was installed into Hoskinson Park (8700 Brooks Drive) in May 2020. Located along one of Arvada’s busiest trails, this iconic piece invites viewers to engage with it and provides another attraction to visit in Arvada’s great expanse of parks and trails.
Box Art Project
This project is a partnership between the Arvada Arts and Culture Commission, Arvada Parks Advisory Committee, and Olde Town Arvada Business Improvement District (BID)
In the fall of 2019, the City of Arvada’s Arts & Culture Commission (AACC) and the Olde Town Arvada Business Improvement District (BID) requested proposals in an open competition for artists to create artwork on utility boxes throughout Olde Town Arvada. This will be the first phase of the Arvada Box Art Project. The boxes are excellent canvases—often in highly-visible areas—to showcase the historic, cultural, social, and creative values of Arvada.
Box painting was completed June 2020.
The artists include:
1. Julian Howard (Fuzzy's Taco Shop) 5760 Olde Wadsworth Blvd: Instagram @tattoosbyjules
2. Noelle Miller (Olde Town Square) 5726 Olde Wadsworth Blvd: www.noellemillerart.com / Instagram @noelle.k.miller
3.Patrick Maxcy (Between Ramah Flower Co. and Little by Little) 5626 Olde Wadsworth Blvd: PatrickMaxyArt.com, Instagram @PatrickMaxcy
4. Tony Zellaha (Community Bank on the Olde Wadsworth side) 7530 Grandview Ave: Instagram @tonyzellahaart