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Durango's Public Art

We envision a community where art is expected.

The City of Durango’s public art program is administered by the Public Art Commission (PAC).  Whinney and Friends sculptureThe public art collection is displayed around Durango in open city-owned areas, inside city-owned facilities, or in areas designed as public areas. View the public art collection plan and map - updated in 2015.

Why is Public Art Important?
Public art contributes to a city’s visual character, texture, and history.  In Durango, it is an essential part of our identity, history, and cultural heritage.  Public art contributes to our economic base and enhances the public appreciation of art.  Incorporating visual art into our communal spaces fosters our sense of community and challenges us to engage in a meaningful way.  We invite you to experience Durango’s Public Art.

News and Events

Free Community Art Project

Join lead artists Allison Smith and Bryce Pettit at a fun workshop for Community Members to contribute to the 550/160 median project. Attendants will discuss what makes Durango special, learn how to turn ideas into simple drawings, and then create a stamp with a linocutting technique that can be used to create single or patterned prints. While great for most ages, this class will be using tools with a blade and adults may need to assist children under 12. The class will be using permanent ink, so please wear art-making clothes. 

There will be two sessions that last up to 2 hours.

Session 1 - Starts at 10:00 (20 spaces available)
Session 2 - Starts at 12:00 (20 spaces available)
*Please note this is first come, first serve with 20 spaces available per session.

A second workshop will be held on June 9th from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Durango Public Library. More details to come. 

6/15/17 According to a study by the National Endowment for the Arts, Durango's non-profit and public arts and cultural organizations contributed $18.1 million to the local economy in 2015! The City of Durango, Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis, Durango Arts Center, Durango Chorale Society and STEAM Park funded the Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Report. This study analyzes the economic impact non-profit and public arts and cultural organizations have on the City of Durango.  Twenty-six of the eligible 34 arts organizations participated in the study. Click here for the full report.

Goals of the Public Art Program:
(Adopted by the Public Art Commission on December 20, 2013)

Goal 1:  Enhance Durango’s quality of life by promoting art in public places

            Objective 1:  Foster an environment that values artists and artistic expression

            Objective 2:  Forge partnerships with community organizations to create opportunities for public art

            Objective 3:  Cultivate the community’s understanding of public art

Goal 2:  Build an artistic legacy that celebrates Durango’s unique sense of place

            Objective 1:  Ensure a stable source of long-term funding for public art

            Objective 2:  Encourage the integration of art in all public spaces

            Objective 3:  Establish Durango as a leader in public art programs

Goal 3:  Demonstrate responsible stewardship of the City’s public art collection

            Objective 1:  Preserve the integrity of the collection

            Objective 2:  Ensure an open and transparent process for acquisition

               Objective 3:  Promote awareness of the collection

Want to take a tour of the City's Collection?
Download the free Tour Durango app and click on the Public Collection.

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