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. The public is invited to view the art in the program and vote for your favorite piece HERE. Artists are encouraged to submit entries in January of each year via www.callforentry.org (CaFE TM).
The City of Lone Tree has selected six sculptures into the 2015-16 Art Encounters program. The sculptures can be viewed at the Lone Tree Arts Center and at the Vistas at Park Meadows.
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. Learn more and see Art Encounters public art all jurisdictions at www.douglas.co.us/artencounters.
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. 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.