Art Encounters

Art Encounters

About the Program

Art Encounters is a year-long outdoor sculpture exhibit that showcases a number of sculptures, in various media and styles, displayed in highly visible areas in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Parker. The project is designed to promote public interest in art, develop community pride and draw visitors to the retail or civic areas where they are displayed.

A Douglas County public art program, called Art Encounters, began its first countywide exhibit in June 2008 with 14 sculptures.

The Art Encounters idea was formed by the Douglas County Cultural Council (DCCC) who set aside Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) funds in 2006 and 2007 to be distributed to Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Parker (Castle Rock is not within the SCFD but their funding is coming from their Philip S. Miller Trust fund) for this program. In 2007, the DCCC hired a consultant and created a Steering Committee, with representatives from around the County, to update the goals and priorities established in the 2002 Cultural Plan. One of the priorities outlined in the updated Plan for this year was to start a public art program similar to other programs around the state, like Grand Junction’s Art on the Corner program. The DCCC created a Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC), with representatives from around the County, to implement the Art Encounters program and select the sculptures.

2014 Sculptures

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Art Encounters Mission

The project is designed to promote public interest in art, develop community pride and draw visitors to the retail and civic areas where they are displayed.  To:

  • Create conversation, thoughtfulness, emotions, meaning and creativity;
  • Establish public art as an essential part of a vibrant community; and
  • Experience art, style and expression in many formats.

Art Encounters Vision

To create, discover and experience public art throughout Douglas County.

Art Encounters Participating Jurisdictions:

Town of Castle Rock
Highlands Ranch Community Affairs Association
City of Lone Tree
Town of Parker

For program information, please contact:

Dan Dertz, Douglas County Government
303-814-4399

SCFD

SCFD

The Art Encounters program was made possible in part with funds from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).