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Reduce, recycle, reuse and get a taste of local art today at the Aurora Arts Festival. This growing celebration of music, theater, visual art and community collaboration takes over Fletcher Plaza and explores Aurora’s rich art scene through the eyes of reclaimed-materials artists.

As part of the “Recycle and Upcycle Art” theme, ARC Thrift Stores is donating dozens of paintings to be reworked by local professional and budding artists at the fest. “Materials are expensive for artists, and whatever they can do to use something that has been discarded is definitely part of the idea behind this festival,” says Tracy Weil, managing director of the Aurora Cultural Arts District.

Visitors can enjoy booths of local art made from reclaimed materials as well as a juried exhibition, a lowrider car show, live music and a free screening of The Wizard of Oz at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton Street. Ignite Theatre’s current production of Rent will be performed on the outdoor main stage, and Kim Robards Dance will offer free classes, all in an effort to show off Aurora’s burgeoning creative identity.

The fest runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Fletcher Plaza, 9898 East Colfax Avenue; admission is free. For more information on participating vendors, artists and additional locations, visit
Sat., June 28, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 2014


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