The Thornton Public Art Collection includes more than 173 pieces exhibited in public facilities and spaces throughout Thornton. The collection enhances city buildings and spaces with quality works of art by professional artists, both national and local.​ Click on the images below to learn more about the pieces or click here to visit our online archive.  

Mission

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 art and culture. 

We Want Your Feedback! 

Help shape the future of the public program by providing your input and feedback! Please click here to fill out our 10 minute community survey. 

En Español: Encuesta sobre arte público y opiniones de la comunidad, clic aquí.

Who Chooses Public Art? 

Prior to 2007, public art pieces were chosen by Thornton City Council. After the formation of the Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO), public art has been recommended to Thornton City Council by members of the TASHCO Public Art Subcommittee. 

In 2020, members of the subcommittee began collaborating with review panels consisting of community members, artists and other stakeholders. These review panels ensure a public art process informed by the community.  All TASHCO subcommittees are open to the public. Residents interested in joining a review panel may do so by attending a monthly TASHCO meeting or contacting Jesse Jimenez, Arts & Culture Coordinator, at Jesse.Jimenez@ThorntonCO.gov. 

Who Funds These Pieces?

Funding for public art pieces can come in the form of grants and/or additional funds approved by Thornton City Council.  A majority of the public art collection is funded in part by Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and Adams County Open Space grants. Arts Thornton is always looking for opportunities to diversify funding for art projects. Feel free to direct any funding opportunities to artsthornton@ThorntonCO.gov

Who Creates These Pieces?

Artists from local, regional, national and international studios respond to calls for art in Thornton. To see what projects are open, visit Callforentry.org (CaFE) and search Thornton. To submit your design for the current Outside the Box: Traffic Box Mural Project, click here.


Click on the works below to learn more about the piece. 



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