Here’s Why Aurora is One of the Top 10 Places to View Public Art in the U.S.
July 06, 2017
In case you haven’t heard, Aurora was listed by the New York Times Style Magazine as one of the top 10 places to view public art nationally in 2017. Between the dozens of outstanding public art pieces lining our community and the educational classes offered to kids and adults alike, Aurora’s art scene is in full-bloom and making an impact in the city and across the states. Take a tour, a class, or a ride around the city.
Art in Public Places
Amidst the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, the Art in Public Places program enhanced the commute for Aurora residents and our visitors. The extraordinary pieces and murals situated throughout the R-Line light rail are known as “Light, Color & Motion”. Suited in Aurora fashion, these pieces are designed to showcase our city while providing a little color to your ride. Want to take a look? Here’s a virtual tour of each public art piece along the R-Line or catch a ride between Peoria and Lincoln stations.
Aurora Cultural Arts District (ACAD)
We like to think our cultural diversity and development is one of our best assets and the Aurora Cultural Arts District (ACAD) couldn’t agree more. They’re a partnership of creative groups, Aurora businesses, and residents ready to enhance city neighborhoods with cultural and educational opportunities. Not only is their mission impressive, but they also provide local artist with events to showcase their work making them a true rubber to the road type of organization. You can get to know their districts here.
Bicentennial Arts Center
This United States Air Force building turned pottery studio has as interesting of a past as you’d expect. First constructed in 1938, the building served as a radio transmission location for the United States Air Force before being acquired by the city of Aurora in 1971. Since then, they opened their doors to dozens of pottery students and professional teaching artists. Fun fact, last year alone they offered over 170 classes to Aurora community members in wheel throwing, hand building, and specialty courses. Take a look at their upcoming schedule.
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)
Youth creating is always a good idea! Since 1993, the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) has been providing art education to youth ages three through seventeen. Not to mention their career building skill clinics designed to help Aurora’s youth learn skills to put them ahead of the curve. Kids have the opportunity to paint murals, sculpt, draw, and design their own multi-media pieces many of which are showcased at the OASIS Studio. Their event calendar is up and running here.
Aurora Street Mural
How many gallons of paint does it take to create one of the largest murals in Colorado? Just about 180 gallons! The Aurora Street Mural occupies two city blocks leading up to the Stanley Marketplace and is uniquely painted on the street. Artist and designer, Yulia Avgustinovich, set out to showcase the aviation history of the city while celebrating its redevelopments and open spaces. This colorful mural was completed in part by more than 350 volunteers and adds a one-of-a-kind entrance to the marketplace. Check it out in person or take a look at some photos here.
The Fulginiti Pavilion at the Anschutz Medical Campus
If you’re spending time at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, you’ll want to stop by the Fulginiti Pavilion. It’s stunning architectural design along with the 1,000 sq. ft. art gallery is impressive, to say the least. The full-operational gallery features unique sculpture and painting exhibits and is open to the public throughout the day. The art gallery is just the start, the Pavilion extends to include outdoor space and gathering locations which you learn more about here.
Wherever you’re headed, public art is likely to cross your path. With youth programs and murals, Aurora’s cultural and artistic impact has only just begun.