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, Parker and Roxborough. 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.