Public Participation & Involvement

Public Art Mural Program

The Public Arts Mural Program is a joint program between Mountain View Core Knowledge School and the Cañon City Stormwater Program. Its purpose is to engage local students and the public in environmental education by creating murals around environmental themes.

The program engages both local students and citizens in the research, design, and creation of the murals. The murals incorporate environmental awareness and education along with local attractions such as the Royal Gorge Railroad, the Royal Gorge, and whitewater rafting/Arkansas River. The murals also serve the purpose of an appealing format to educate local citizens and visitors of the importance of environmental stewardship and water quality to Cañon City and its environs. The projects also serve to meet some of the City of Cañon City’s Stormwater Discharge permit requirements in the area of education and outreach.

2018-2019 Mural Project:  4th Street Viaduct

Existing murals were replaced with artwork designed and submitted by Cañon City school children, grades Kindergarten through 12th. Over 70 adults and children volunteered to assist in transferring the artwork and painting the murals in June 2019.  A sign acknowledging all the artists whose artwork was used and all the volunteers and donors was installed in the way-finding kiosk at the site. We sincerely thank everyone who submitted artwork and assisted in painting the murals!  A report of the project can be viewed here.

art submissions for mural

(view all submissions here)

Future Mural Project 

Plans are underway to refurbish the existing murals on the west wall of the drainage way on the west side of Centennial Park. Stay tuned for more information.