FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2011
Aurora seeking existing outdoor sculpture for exhibition, competition and purchase
Aurora, Colo. – The city of Aurora Art in Public Places Program is searching for existing sculptures to be considered for a one-year exhibition called “ART 2C on Havana.”
The exhibition is a sculpture-on-the-street project modeled after others around the country that unites the business community and the arts to attract visitors, energize streetscapes and create great public gathering spaces.
A generous donation from the Havana Business Improvement District will fund the $750 artist stipends to transport and install artwork along Havana Street, and will fund cash awards amounting to $1,000 for People’s Choice, $750 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.
In addition, the Aurora Art in Public Places Program will purchase a sculpture from the exhibit, which will be added to the city’s public art collection and remain permanently displayed in the district.
Interested artists should visit CaFÉ at www.callforentry.org to apply; the deadline is midnight July 6.
An unveiling event will take place later this year, and artist lectures, tours and other interactive activities will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The Havana Business Improvement District is very excited to be partnering with the city of Aurora's Arts in Public Places Commission on this sculpture art street project,” said Gayle Jetchick, executive director of the Havana Business Improvement District. “The business owners feel this project will go a long way to create a sense of place and serve as another important economic development tool for On Havana Street and the city.”
The Art in Public Places program will provide $64,000 in funding for concrete bases and the purchase of one artwork that will remain on Havana Street. The Art in Public Places program is funded by one percent of city construction and remodeling projects with budget of $100,000 or more.
About the Aurora Art in Public Places Program
Aurora's Art in Public Places Program provides the city with an opportunity to establish a unique identity and shape the overall aesthetic nature of the community. Public art provides residents and visitors a new way to experience the city, and enhances the quality of life. A well-designed public space boosts real estate values and creates opportunities for local business to thrive, while serving to knit together communities socially. Aurora's public art program clearly creates a bounty of priceless benefits that are integral to the city's architecture, character and community. For more information about public art in Aurora visit www.auroragov.org/publicart.
About On Havana Street
The Havana Business Improvement District (BID), d.b.a. On Havana Street, is a special district in Colorado created in 2007 by business and neighborhood leaders and Aurora city staff working together to build a stronger, better community. On Havana Street is making a difference by focusing on unique, culturally diverse events and fun new things to do to make the lives of the area's residents and visitors more interesting, at the same time as adopting the goals of clean, safe and beautiful for the new business district. For more information about On Havana Street visit www.onhavanastreet.com, or contact Gayle Jetchick at 303-360-7505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deana Miller, Public Art Manager
City of Aurora
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