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Durango's Public Art

We envision a community where art is expected.

The City of Durango’s public art program is administered by the Public Art Commission (PAC).  Whinney and Friends sculptureThe public art collection is displayed around Durango in open city-owned areas, inside city-owned facilities, or in areas designed as public areas. View the public art collection plan and map - updated in 2015.

Why is Public Art Important?

Public art contributes to a city’s visual character, texture, and history.  In Durango, it is an essential part of our identity, history, and cultural heritage.  Public art contributes to our economic base and enhances the public appreciation of art.  Incorporating visual art into our communal spaces fosters our sense of community and challenges us to engage in a meaningful way.  We invite you to experience Durango’s Public Art.

Goals of the Public Art Program:
(Adopted by the Public Art Commission on December 20, 2013)

Goal 1:  Enhance Durango’s quality of life by promoting art in public places

            Objective 1:  Foster an environment that values artists and artistic expression

            Objective 2:  Forge partnerships with community organizations to create opportunities for public art

            Objective 3:  Cultivate the community’s understanding of public art

Goal 2:  Build an artistic legacy that celebrates Durango’s unique sense of place

            Objective 1:  Ensure a stable source of long-term funding for public art

            Objective 2:  Encourage the integration of art in all public spaces

            Objective 3:  Establish Durango as a leader in public art programs

Goal 3:  Demonstrate responsible stewardship of the City’s public art collection

            Objective 1:  Preserve the integrity of the collection

            Objective 2:  Ensure an open and transparent process for acquisition

               Objective 3:  Promote awareness of the collection

Want to take a tour of the City's Collection?
Download the free Tour Durango app and click on the Public Collection.

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