CITY OF LITTLETON PUBLIC ART:
The City of Littleton has a long history of supporting arts and culture within Littleton city limits. The goal of all arts-related boards, commissions, and adjacent groups are to support and sustain arts within Littleton and the surrounding communities.
Littleton Arts & Culture Commission:
The Arts & Culture Commission provides policy advice to council on the issues of art, culture, and tourism; encourages and supports the growth and expansion of culture and arts in the community; and fosters a vibrant, collaborative, and creative Littleton where arts and culture are defining features of the community’s identity and unique character. The Commission consists of 11 members, appointed by City Council. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the Arts & Culture Commission, call 303-795-3954, or email [email protected].
Littleton Fine Arts Board:
The Fine Arts Board provides arts programs for the city through the review and selection of art works and exhibitions at public locations and public facilities throughout Littleton and serves as stewards of the Littleton art portfolio. They serve as the city’s representatives in art-related projects with other public and private agencies to encourage the use of the arts in response to community needs. The Board promotes cultural arts within the city to enhance quality of life and recommend acquisition and disposition of city-owned art within city policies. The Board consists of 7 members, appointed by City Council. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
In 1964, the Littleton City Council established the Littleton Fine Arts Board to advise the city in developing a fine arts collection, and to assist the city in the selection and purchase of public arts for installation in public buildings, parks, and open spaces. It also arranges periodic art shows, selects art and sculpture for the Littleton Center and reviews all art donations to the city.
The first logical step for the newly-formed committee was to contact the internationally-famous sculptor Edgar Britton, whose studio was located right on Main Street. Mr. Britton’s proposal was accepted, and the Fine Arts Board had its first piece of artwork for its collection, titled "Solar III". The sculpture is located in Gallup Gardens. In the years since this first acquisition was installed, the Fine Arts Board has collected over 200 works.
The Fine Arts Collection consists of artwork acquired for the City of Littleton's public art collection, or art portfolio. The collection includes permanent installations in City-owned public parks and buildings, as well as a large collection of rotating artworks which are only available for exhibition in City-owned buildings, such as the Littleton Center, Bemis Public Library, Littleton Court House, and the Littleton Museum. Artworks in the Rotating Collection are exhibited for short terms in order to avoid light damage, pest infestation, vandalism, etc., as well as to freshen up public spaces on occasion. When on display, the Rotating Collection artworks are located indoors and may not be accessible during evening or weekend hours. For more information about the Fine Arts Board collection of public art, acquisition, or maintenance, call 303-795-3954, or email [email protected].
Littleton Culture and Arts Partners Group (CAP):
The goal of the Littleton Culture and Arts Partners Group (CAP) is to gather local public and private entities operating arts and culture-related businesses together to:
- Create open dialogue amongst the arts & culture community in Littleton
- Explore collaborative opportunities and enhance relationships among agencies
- Share and promote community events, programs, outreach, and engagement
- Strengthen the impact of the arts, heritage, culture, recreation and tourism in Littleton
Join others from Littleton’s community of arts and culture-related businesses and organizations at a meeting of the Littleton Culture & Arts Partners Group. This group meets quarterly to share and discuss upcoming events. Please contact [email protected] with any questions, suggestions, or offers to host future meetings.
Littleton Mural Program:
The Littleton Mural Program began in 2022 with the inventory of all murals within the Littleton City Limits, and development of documents, including applications and contracts. In 2023, the program will expand to locations city-wide. For more information on the Littleton Mural Program, call 303-795-3954, or email [email protected].
Littleton Calendar Photo Contest:
Annual contest is one of the longest-running community art projects in the City of Littleton. Entrants may submit up to five images; only one may be chosen. Members of the city's Fine Arts Board will judge the photographs and choose 13 winners - one for each month and one for the calendar cover. For questions or more information, email [email protected], or visit 2023 Calendar Photo Contest – Littleton Rocks!
SOUTH SUBURBAN PARKS AND RECREATION DISTRICT (SSPRD) PUBLIC ART PROGRAMS:
Separate from the City of Littleton, South Suburban Parks and Recreation District Public Art Committee (PAC) is an appointed volunteer body that offers an informed opinion to the elected South Suburban Park and Recreation District (SSPRD) Board of Directors regarding art in public places. The PAC consists of 7 - 9 at-large members plus one representative from a city art commission from within the boundaries of SSPRD. Currently, only the City of Littleton’s Fine Arts Board and the City of Lone Tree’s Art Commission are represented on the PAC. At-large members are selected through an application process. The SSPRD Board of Directors must act on the appointment all PAC members. For meeting notices, visit the South Suburban Board Docs page.
SSPRD Interactive Art Map:
The District has had a robust public art program for more than three decades. Currently, South Suburban Parks and Recreation is responsible for over 60 permanent public art displays. The Interactive Art map features SSPRD owned art, as well as select art from our local government partners.
SSPRD Temporary Art Exhibitions:
The PAC also makes recommendations regarding temporary art exhibits at the District’s recreation centers. Artists interested in displaying their work in one of our facilities must apply through the Temporary Art Exhibit Form. For additional details, please contact the Arts and Enrichment Manager, Darcie LaScala, [email protected].
SSPRD Annual Art on Loan Program:
Annually, the PAC selects sculptures from Colorado artists for display at Goodson Recreation Center and the Hudson Gardens and Event Center. The selected pieces are on loan from the artists for one year and are for sale to the public. Purchasers may take possession after the one-year exhibition period. Selected artists receive an honorarium and must sign an agreement with SSPRD and provide their current W9. For more information, please contact Darcie LaScala at [email protected].
Please visit the SSPRD PAC page for more information: https://www.ssprd.org/About/Public-Committees/Public-Art-Committee