With the transition of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities to a non-profit organization, the Arvada City Council recognized the need for a new commission to address community cultural advocacy and public art. In November of 2015, the Council established the Arvada Arts and Culture Commission (AACC). The Commission's mission is to support, cultivate, and advocate for a variety of arts, culture, and heritage opportunities throughout our community, and its vision is: Arvada, Where Arts and Culture Live. Other goals include outreach and support of local artists; liaison and partner with the Arvada Historical Society, the Arvada Festivals Commission, the Parks Advisory Committee, and other organizations; create a Cultural District in Arvada.
In 2018, the AACC adopted a Cultural Master Plan with the goals to:
- Make Places that Deepen Community Attachment
- Invest in the Future of Arts and Culture Goals
- Create Events for Every Generation
- Make a Home for Artists and Arts and Culture
Read the full Master Plan to learn about individual goals and strategies to make Arvada a city where arts and culture live
Arvada's Culture of Art
Arvada Artists: Arvada Has a Thriving Artistic Community. Learn more about local artists by visiting Arvada Artists.
Arvada Box Art Project: Utility boxes are excellent canvases for miniature murals —often in highly-visible areas, they can serve as a platform to showcase the historic, cultural, social, and creative values of Arvada. Learn more about the Arvada Box Art Project.
Public Art: The City of Arvada owns hundreds of pieces of art, and looks for opportunities to expand its public art collection. Learn more about Arvada's Public Art.
Post Office Mural Call for Entry
The City of Arvada’s Arts & Culture Commission is seeking qualifications from visual artists currently living in Colorado to design and paint a mural on a city-owned site. For more information or to apply, view the Post Office Mural Project Overview. The deadline for the Call for Entry is Sunday, July 31, 2022.