Public Art

Public Art

“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 our Paid to Create grant program, and the Creative District has also set aside funding in our budget to initiate two small public art installations for 2017 to gain experience before implementing a large-scale capital public art project.

For 2018 and beyond, the Creative District is ready to initiate two larger public art projects to contribute to the importance of locals and visitors developing a sense of place in Crested Butte. The Creative District will utilize its public art budget for 2018 to begin a feasibility study and public process to works towards a capital public art installation at the end of Elk Avenue, which will help revitalize the zero block of Elk Avenue. Additionally, in partnership with the Center for the Arts, the Creative District will contribute to the creation of infrastructure to develop a sculpture garden and pathway next to the Center for the Arts in the Town Park.

Anyone is welcome to attend Creative District commission meetings to provide ideas and feedback for upcoming public art projects.


Stay tuned for more information about upcoming public art projects for 2018 and 2019, including:
  • Creative District Destination Sign Embellishment Installation
  • Indoor Mural at 308 3rd Street Public Restrooms

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!