City of Thornton looking to make a statement

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Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council is looking for just the right artist and just the right outside art project to install at the Thornton Senior Center.

TASHCO has advertised for a Colorado artist to create an exterior work of art at the center, 9471 Dorothy Blvd., with an approximate budget of $75,000.

“Because the Senior Center is celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2014 and so many of the participants established the city in the 1950s, TASHCO wanted to recognize the contributions that the senior population has made to the Thornton community,” said Linda Lowe, Thornton’s art and volunteer coordinator.

Artists have until Aug. 30 to submit their proposals and a decision is expected by TASHCO in October. The goal is to have the artwork installed by May 2014.

“It will create a visual focal point on the outside of the senior center that is reflective of the wonderful community we experience each day within the center,” said Lisa Ranalli, senior citizen program manager.

The possible location for the art piece include, but are not limited to, the patio and picnic area south of the front entrance, the landscaped area between the parking lot and Dorothy Boulevard at the front of the building, the rear entrance area either near the large patio or an area closer to the rear parking lot that now has a bench and wood chips.

The center has close to 2,000 members and offers a variety of programs including a home cooked meal during the week, fitness classes, classes, a computer lab, massage therapy and health screenings. The center was built in 1958 as the city’s first municipal building and served as City Hall.

The budget for the art project is coming from funds specifically earmarked for public art from developers’ fees and Conservation Trust funds, Lowe said.

TASHCO is also eyeing future exterior art projects at two other locations.

“TASHCO Board is also considering the front of the Thornton Arts and Culture Center at 9209 Dorothy Blvd. and the Infrastructure Maintenance Center at 12450 Washington St.,” Lowe said.

For more information about this project, Lowe can be contacted at 720-977-5881 or Linda.Lowe@cityofthornton.net.

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