Opena calls for Entry and Galleries in Thornton

Public Art Calls 

Calls are paid unless specified otherwise. 

Submission Process:  

Please read all open calls carefully and ensure that all required materials are submitted. Incomplete proposals will not be considered for review.    

 All submitted work will be reviewed and juried by the TASCHO Public Art Subcommittee.  Artists will be contacted via email about all final decisions.  

Plastikos Student Art Exhibit (unpaid) 

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, May 5, 5 p.m.

TASHCO and Thornton Arts & Culture invites student artists to submit work for Plastikos, a juried exhibition running from June 9 – August 28, 2020. Join us for the exhibit Reception & Acoustic Tuesday concert celebrating World Ocean Day on Tuesday, June 9, 2020; 6 – 8 p.m. Selected artists will not be paid.

This show will use the material of plastic to highlight the ways in which we impact ocean ecology. Just as plastic is shaped and molded by heat and pressure, the ocean ecosystems we rely on are shaped and molded by human activity. In the first decade of this century, we made more plastic than all the plastic in history up to the year 2000. And every year, billions of pounds of more plastic end up in the world's oceans. Studies estimate there are now 15–51 trillion pieces of plastic in the world's oceans — from the equator to the poles, from Arctic ice sheets to the sea floor. Not one square mile of surface ocean anywhere on earth is free of plastic pollution. To learn more about the effects of plastic on the ocean click here!

We invite students to explore this theme using all mediums with preference given to 3D works (sculpture) made from recycled plastic.

Students, want to show your artwork? Click here!

Teachers, do you have a class project proposal? Email

Exhibit Reception & Acoustic Tuesday Concert: Tuesday, June 9, 2020; 6 – 8 p.m.

This project is funded by TASHCO and SCFD.

2020 Outside the Box Project

Extended Deadline: Sunday, April 5

The Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO) is seeking to commission multiple artists/teams to aesthetically transform traffic utility boxes from functional infrastructure to colorful and dynamic works of art. Thirty designs will be selected by the TASHCO Public Art Subcommittee and community members to be printed on high-quality vinyl wraps. These wraps will be professionally installed on traffic boxes at various locations throughout the city of Thornton.  Click here to download a submission packet! This project is funded through a Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) grant and approved funds from the TASHCO Funds Balance. 

2020 Storm Drain Mural Project

Deadline: 2020 submission guidelines coming soon.

The city of Thornton Arts & Culture Division, in collaboration with the Engineering Services Division and the Thornton Arts, Sciences & Humanities Council (TASHCO), are seeking artists to express themselves with semi-permanent public art in the form of small-scale, outdoor storm drain murals. Artists are encouraged to aesthetically transform storm drains from functional infrastructure to engaging works of art that draw attention to water quality protection and the positive impact Thornton residents can have on the environment.

Join a Public Art Panel 

Application Closed 

Teaching Opportunities

Arts Thornton is looking to work with contracted instructors interested in teaching classes/workshops in all creative genres including, visual art, performance, theater, and music. 

Please click on the link below to complete a class proposal form and submit all requested materials. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  For additional information, please read our FAQs. 


All classes take place at the Thornton Arts & Culture Center at 9209 Dorothy Boulevard.

If you would like to register for classes, please visit to enroll. 

Show Your Art

The city of Thornton's, Arts and & Culture Division is scheduling 2020 exhibitions and looking for artists interested in showing their work. Art will be exhibited in one of our three, commission-free gallery spaces. Click on the link to submit a proposal along with examples of your work. Proposals are open to all Colorado artists/artist groups, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Click the images  below or click here to submit a proposal. 


 The Arts & Culture Division oversees three community gallery spaces that help promote local artists. All spaces are open to the public

9209 Dorothy Blvd.

Thornton, CO 80229

Open, Mon - Fri, 1:30 - 5 p.m.


9471 Dorothy Blvd.

Thornton, CO 80229 

Open Mon-Fri, 9a.m. - 5p.m. 

Economic Development Community Gallery Space 

9500 Civic Center Drive

Thornton, CO 80229

Open Mon-Fri, 9a.m. - 5p.m.