Denver Public Art
East 2 West Source Point by Larry Kirkland | Denver Public Art Collection - Photo by Steve Hostetler
DENVER'S PUBLIC ART PROGRAM
1% for Public Art
Denver’s Public Art Program was established in 1988 as an Executive Order under Mayor Federico Peña. The order, enacted into Ordinance by Denver City Council in 1991, directs that 1% of any city-funded capital improvement project over $1 million is set aside for the inclusion of art, so the collection continues to grow each year.
Over $40 million has been invested in the public art collection, along with historic and donated works of art, providing opportunity for Denver residents to experience art in public places.
More than 400 pieces of art throughout the city and 50+ projects in progress
Public Art Tours
Curated public art tours hosted by docents and DAV staff help guide residents and visitors through Denver's Public Art Collection. With more than 400 pieces of art in the collection and more in the works, people can find a diverse assortment of tours that suit their interests - virtual, on foot or by bike.
Denver's Public Art Program has worked extensively with regional, national and international artists and artist studios, as well as fabricators, engineers, photographers and consultants. Learn about current opportunities, general artist guidelines and resources and how to apply to be on a selection panel for a future project.