“Whatever the form, public art instills meaning—a greater sense of identity and understandings of where we live, work, and visit—creating memorable experiences for all.”- Americans for the Arts
The Town of Crested Butte has a vibrant public art culture, with many existing public art pieces located throughout the Town. As part of the Creative District, the Town of Crested Butte administers a Public Art Commission. The Public Art Commission administers the Town’s Arts in Public Places Policy (AIPP) and oversees the implementation and maintenance of Public Art in the Town of Crested Butte. The Public Art Commission is a partner with the Crested Butte Creative District, a certified Colorado Creative District.
Arts in Public Places Policy (AIPP)
In June 2017, The Crested Butte Creative District and the Town of Crested Butte developed and passed an Arts in Public Places (AIPP) policy. The policy specifies that 2% of any capital project in the Creative District or a Town Park shall be dedicated to the creation of public art. Click here to view more information about this policy.
The inaugural public art installation utilizing the AIPP is now at the Mallardi Theatre. The Town and the Creative District Commission released a request for proposals (RFP) from local creatives for the creation of a one-of-a-kind hanging art piece for the theater. The Creative District commission held a public hearing to review the proposals and selected Ben Eaton’s installation named “Jokerville,” which was then approved by Town Council. Check out this inspiring work of art in the Mallardi Theatre!