Public art means many things to people. It is a form of expression. It documents history. It can be a celebration or a legacy. It can ignite creativity, share culture and inspire conversation.
Public art in Castle Rock is paid for out of the Philip S. Miller Trust Fund. No taxpayer money is used for the purchase of public art.
Philip S. Miller, a local banker and philanthropist, and his wife, Jerry, bequeathed a portion of the proceeds of their substantial estate to the Town. Proceeds from the annual earnings are kept in the Philip S. Miller Trust Fund. Town Council determines expenditures from this fund annually for public art, generally at $25,000 per year, and for other community-driven programs.
The Public Art Commission recommends expenditures in keeping with a Town goal to advance Philip S. Miller’s legacy by fostering a sense of community and enhancing community character.