​The Thornton Arts Sciences & Humanities Council (TASHCO) and subcommitee members have been tasked with the aquisition of visual/public art.  

In 2020, the TASHCO Public Art Subcommitee began collaborating  with project stakeholders to ensure public art projects were informed by the community we serve.  Below are the mission, guiding principles and other key information of the subcommitee and review panels. If you are interested in serving on a panel, please contact Jesse Jimenez, Arts & Culture Coordinator at jesse.jimenez@ThorntonCO.gov or 720-977-5881. The TASHCO Public Art Subcommitee has created the guidlines below in  an effort to establish a standard process, as outlined in the TASHCO Policies


To build a diverse and engaging collection of public art that is personal to Thornton and informed by the community. The artwork will establish Thornton as an innovative and exciting destination-city; engaged in contemporary conversations on arts and culture.

Guiding Principles

Transparency: Transparency is the process of being open, honest and straightforward about all operations regarding the public art process. Transparency allows panels to share information to the public relating to all public art processes which may include budget, sourcing, selection, installation, etc.

Inclusion: Inclusion is the process of actively involving everyone’s ideas, knowledge, perspectives, approaches, and styles to maximize success. This process creates accessible and safe spaces for people regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, socio-economic status, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, and/or disability.

Diversity: Diversity is a reality created by individuals and groups from a broad spectrum of demographic and philosophical differences. It encompasses a climate of equity and mutual respect that not only embraces, but celebrates the rich dimensions contained within individuals. Diversity is a set of conscious practices that involve:

  • Practicing authentic, mutual respect for qualities and experiences that are different from our own.
  • Understanding that diversity includes not only ways of being, but also ways of knowing.
  • Recognizing that personal, cultural, and institutionalized discrimination creates and sustains privileges for some while creating and sustaining disadvantages for others.
  • Building equitable partnerships and alliances across differences so that we can work together toward common goals and visions.


A sucessful public art program includes the voices of stakeholders. Below are some examples of the stakeholders we wish to engage in this process:

Public Stakeholders: Groups of people and organizations that are program beneficiaries such as participants, ticket buyers, and students served through long-term stake in our success.

Institutional Stakeholders: Organizations, businesses, agencies and institutions that benefit from having the arts organization remain strong and healthy in order to support their constituents.

Art Form Stakeholders: Individual artists whose livelihoods depend on the support and growth of the arts. This includes artists of all genres and practices who are essential in fulfilling commitments to public and institutional stakeholders.