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City of Lakewood Wins CBCA Award for Public Art

Its 40 West ArtLine enhances area pathways


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The City of Lakewood was honored on March 12 at the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts' Awards Luncheon for its collaborative efforts on the 40 West ArtLine, a four-mile walking and biking arts experience creatively connecting parks and neighborhoods to transit, businesses and other amenities.

CBCA's business for the arts awards are presented to exemplary organizations that have gone above and beyond to support the arts and creative industries. 

"The 40 West ArtLine is incredibly important not only for the neighborhoods that it meanders, but for the city as a whole," Adam Paul, Mayor of the City of Lakewood says. "What it does is it offers an opportunity for everyone to experience the arts in the City of Lakewood."

The pathways run through the state certified 40 West Arts Creative District near historic West Colfax Avenue and the RTD W Line. A free outdoor gallery, the project sought to enhance sidewalks, bike and park paths, and local streets to create an interactive arts experience. The various exhibitions can be visited in sections or as a whole and was  supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

After years of planning, the ArtLine launched with the plan to eventually become the longest continuous arts experience in the state. The local community was involved in the planning process, where they envisioned a green painted path to connect three main area parks with transit, historic neighborhoods, local businesses and amenities while beautifying the area with public art.

Learn more about the City of Lakewood's unique 40 West ArtLine project here:

 

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