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Aurora Cultural Arts District

The Aurora Cultural Arts District is a 16-block area located along the historic commercial corridor from Clinton to Geneva streets on East Colfax Avenue that features art galleries and studios, like Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) and Red Delicious Press; arts-related venues like The People’s Building; and a thriving theatre scene that includes the Vintage Theatre and the Aurora Fox Arts Center.

The city of Aurora created Aurora's arts district, originally named the Original Aurora Arts District, in 2002 to attract and incentivize arts-related uses in the area to spur economic revitalization and benefit area residents. The city's redevelopment strategies for the area included a focus on creating and supporting the arts district and investing in municipal facilities.

In 2006, an arts district association made up of city staff, area business and property owners, individual artists and organizations, renamed the district to the East End Arts District. That same association changed the district name to the Aurora Arts District in 2011. Finally, in 2013, the City Council unanimously voted to approve by resolution to change the district's name to the Aurora Cultural Arts District.

The Aurora Cultural Arts District is a certified Colorado Creative District.

The Aurora Fox Arts Center is a historic landmark and 245-seat performing arts facility and adjacent black-box theatre in the Aurora Cultural Arts District, home of the Aurora Fox Theatre Company and the Aurora Fox Children's Theatre Company, and one of the metro area's only professional Equity theaters.

The People's Building provides a high-quality and flexible venue for a diverse array of programming with a flex space featuring 192 retractable cushioned seats and a gallery for meetings, small receptions and art installations.

Fletcher Plaza, which was built in 1998, features a stage, custom lighting, landscaping, benches and a colored concrete plaza. The focal point is "The Canopy at Fletcher Plaza," a city of Aurora Art in Public Places canopy sculpture created by artist Jessica Sauther. The sculpture infuses the plaza with lively shadows and makes a perfect setting for festivals and outdoor concerts. The plaza is adjacent to the Martin Luther King Jr. Library.

The Hornbein Building, formerly the Aurora Public Library, was designed by premier Denver architect Victor Hornbein in 1953. It served as Aurora's first independent library building. The building is "Usonian," a style developed by Frank Lloyd Wright, that uses a variety of natural finishes and open interior spaces. The style is influenced by traditional Japanese design. The Hornbein Building, 9901 E. 16th Ave., served as library, reading room and city office space for decades, and the city designated it a local historic landmark in 2005. Its current and long-time tenant is Red Delicious Press, an artist co-op for fine art printmaking.

Based in the arts district, ACAD is a nonprofit 501c3 that encourages artistic and cultural creativity through advocacy, promoting programs and activities, supporting our multicultural urban communities, and providing opportunities for diverse expression. The organization owns the East Colfax Gallery and Studios, 10201 E. Colfax Ave.

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