“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 Art
The Town of Crested Butte has a vibrant public art culture, with many existing public art pieces located throughout the Town. The Crested Butte Creative District aims to enhance community engagement in the arts by providing the opportunity for new temporary, ephemeral, and permanent public art installations while showcasing historic buildings and the natural environment to help foster a sense of place in Crested Butte.The Creative District supports new public art projects through Creative District commissioned specific projects or through the Town of Crested Butte’s Arts in Public Places Policy (AIPP).
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!