"Steel Stampede" by Douwe Blumberg
Aurora's Art in Public Places Program enhances the quality of life in Aurora as high-quality neighborhoods and public spaces are developed and maintained.
Locally and nationally renowned artists have created 240 individual pieces to enhance the city's public spaces with works of art ranging from outdoor sculptures and murals to functional works integrated into the architecture.
Art 2C on Havana, First Place Prize Winner
"Six Directions" by Sandy Friedman
Photo by Brian Molitoris
Art 2C on Havana 2015-2016
The Havana Business Improvement District (BID), which goes by ‘On Havana Street’ and the City of Aurora Art in Public Places (AIPP) program are proud to partner to bring you ART 2C on Havana, an annual art exhibition and competition. Every October, new pieces are installed along Havana Street from East First Avenue south to just beyond East Yale Avenue. This year marks the fifth year of collaboration and features 13 new sculptures. Please see the map for the locations of the artworks.
In the annual Art 2C Gala hosted at Suss Buick/GMC on Havana on Oct. 16, artist Sandy Friedman from Colorado Springs was awarded first place in this year’s exhibition by the Art in Public Places Commission for his sculpture "Six Directions" currently on display outside M Mart on Havana St.
by Tom and Jean Latka
Funding and Oversight
The Art in Public Places Program is governed by the nine-member City Council-appointed Art in Public Places Commission. The commission is responsible for making recommendations to City Council regarding the public art program, including project budget allocation, strategic planning, development of policies and procedures, and approval of artwork to be commissioned or purchased.
Art Selection Process
Each public art project is chosen by an art selection panel composed of community representatives, an Art in Public Places Commission member, artists, visual arts professionals, architects, facility managers and a City Council representative. The city's public art manager facilitates the selection process and works with the panel to determine their collective interests, including the location, theme and media for each artwork.
Public Art in Private Developments