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Public Art

This project is partially funded through the renewal of the 2017 Community, Culture and Safety (CCS) Tax.

Project Description

Public art is one of the key community priorities in the Community Cultural Plan, with a focus on the expression of culture and creativity in the public realm. With a goal of encouraging many individuals, businesses, organizations, and developers to invest in public spaces through public art, the municipal investment and process will serve as a model. 


The 2017 Community, Culture and Safety (CCS) Tax renewal included $400,000 for public art opportunities, with signature projects including the North Boulder Branch Public Library (approx. $175,000) and Scott Carpenter Park (approx. $75,000). The CCS funds are one component of the recommended overall fund mix of $600,000, as identified in the Community Cultural Plan.


Each distinct public art project initiated by this fund will have its own planning and design process. Individual projects will be identified in the 2018-2021 public art implementation plan(s). Project readiness varies based on the context of each individual project, including “parent” capital projects.


Public art projects will run in tandem with “parent” construction projects (including Scott Carpenter Park and the North Boulder Library). Projects will kick-off in 2019, with roughly a five-month selection process. Projects are anticipated to be complete by 2021.

Operating cost impacts 

These public art projects are not anticipated to impact operating costs. Projects received stewardship through the Office of Arts and Culture, and are run through the Public Art Policy. Ongoing costs, such as maintenance needs, will be considered in the selection process.


For more information on these public art projects, please contact Mandy Vink, Public Art Administrator, at [email protected]