DDA Art Activation & Other Programs

Our Art Activation program goal is to help all Fort Collins residents recognize and embrace the artist within themselves and appreciate the art and artists within their community.

Sculpture in the Square

Artist: Jodie Bliss "Transformation"

The Old Town Square’s sculpture on loan program rotates on an annual basis. This locally juried show brings a variety of contemporary sculptures into this beloved space. All sculptures are for sale providing support to these talented sculptors, while 10% is reinvested into the Sculpture in the Square program. A stipend is awarded to the People’s Choice winner.  2020 voting will be electronic using a QR Code displayed on a podium in the Old Town Square flower bed.

LEGO® Creation Festival


The LEGO® Creation Festival was back for its second year! This year was unlike any other but we knew creation and fun were important for our health and for our community. The weekend of July 25, 2020 local LEGO® artists work masterfully to create a unique and original sculpture based on our “Insects and Animals” theme. For the public, LEGO® coloring pages were passed out for chance to win a free event t-shirt. Public voting took place by displaying each contestants sculpture in an empty business front window with QR Code signage for easy online voting.

Little Free Public Library


In 2020, the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority, replaced their long time Little Free Public Library to provide a more sturdy, weather proof and safe place for literature for all those visiting Downtown Fort Collins. When the library is low, the DDA helps supply the books as a kind gesture to the downtown crowds for enjoying their time in Old Town Square!  It is registered on the Little Free Public Library World Map where it can be located by Charter #98164.

Movie Night


For the 4th year, Movie Nights have brought families downtown to enjoy classics and new movies in Old Town Square. Attendees enjoy two free movies per event night while bringing their own seating arrangements and enjoying food at local Downtown restaurants. All movies are family friendly.

Adirondack Chair & Table Painting

Artist: Daniel Ibanez

Local artists from Fort Collins painted wooden Adirondack chairs and tables for the 5th year in a row to display in Old Town Square for the public to use for picnics or gathering around the Splash Pad. A small stipend was given to the artists upon completion of the program project.

2020 Artists

Kaley Alie, Jacob Wayne Bryner, Jared Butler, Rebecca Klyczek, Kerri Sewolt and Mandy West

Partner Programs

Outreach Fort Collins

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Outreach Fort Collins is a street based outreach program to maintain our downtown as a safe and welcoming place while connecting our community’s most vulnerable to the services and supportive networks they need. It is a professionally staffed, on-the-street team who will build relationships with community members, service providers, businesses and city services as a means to address and deescalate disruptive behaviors downtown.

Old Town Holiday Light Ceremony

Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Every evening from Friday, November 1st through Valentine’s Day on February 14th, 22 block-faces of Downtown will be illuminated with thousands of strands of brilliant white lights stretching through the alleyways, sidewalks and tree-tops of historic Old Town Fort Collins. The dazzling display of low energy and sustainable LED lights can be enjoyed all over Downtown Fort Collins.

The Downtown Holiday Lights is a three-way partnership between the Downtown Business Association, Downtown Development Authority, and City of Fort Collins Parks Department. This year’s Holiday Lights display is proudly presented by sponsors Blue Ocean Foundation, Cosner Financial Group, The Eye Center of Northern Colorado, First National Bank, and Maximum Painting.

Pianos About Town

Suzanne Faris, 2012

Pianos About Town is a collaborative project between the City of Fort Collins Art In Public Places Program, Bohemian Foundation, and the Downtown Development Authority. The project combines art and music for the enjoyment of the community. Pianos are painted from May through October in Old Town Square, where the public can interact with the artists as they work. Pianos are also painted in the winter months, in various public indoor locations. The completed pianos then rotate to various locations throughout Fort Collins, inviting people to admire the artwork and play a tune.

Poudre Heritage Alliance Heritage Trail

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As part of the DDA’s 5-year Investment Plan (2016-2020), the DDA Board included “Supporting Gateway Entrance” projects as one of its top 10 priorities. Gateways include an important non-automobile-oriented gateway into the downtown through the Poudre River Trail. In 2018, the DDA Board committed to partnering with the Poudre Heritage Alliance who is creating the Heritage Trail along the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area. This trail will bring visitors into the downtown and loop back to the river. The initial iconography project will be placed at the recently completed Whitewater Park.

Bike Rack Installation


As part of its 2016 “Do Gooders Unite” campaign, the DDA received a $20,000 grant pledge from the Blue Federal Credit Union Foundation for the installation of additional innovative bike parking options in the Downtown.  The DDA utilized a portion of the donation to install two-tier bicycle parking in Tenney Court Alley and West Mountain Alley.