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Transforming the Roundabout at Heritage Road and Kimball Avenue

  • January 2018 - AWEGO welcomes in the new year with a concerted focus on securing the quarried rock base. Installation of the base and public art piece will be coordinated with the City of Golden Public Works Department.  AWEGO signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Golden.

  • By the end of December, The Red Wagon Gift and Garden Shop on Washington Avenue sold over 1,100 Elk Dropping bags that contributed to community fundraising.

  • In December the City of Golden and Christine Knapp, the artist, sign the first ever City artist contract and receives a "Commence to Work" order. The making of the public art piece begins. The statue completion schedule is set for late summer to early fall.

  • Through the generosity of the community and key donors, in November AWEGO's funds are provided to the City of Golden to meet the required match by the Public Art Commission. Another important milestone!  

  • On August 31, 2017 AWEGO set up a table at Shelton Elementary School's Back-to-School Night.  Members of AWEGO had numerous conversations with the parents and provided free stickers to the youth, information handouts to the adults, and free tasting of Elk Droppings for all.  A successful evening event.

  • Volunteers staffed the AWEGO booth at the Golden Farmers Market on July 1, 2017.  This successful event raised a couple of hundred dollars and allowed us to have numerous conversations with Golden residents that raised public awareness of the roundabout art project. Many people admired the beautiful bronze miniature of the future life-size statue and complimented Christine Knapp's artistic work.  Art work donated by local elementary school students and two Golden resident artists helped raise funds for the project in generous donations.  Shoppers also enjoyed the Elk Dropping samples.

  • On April 27, 2017, Christine Knapp provided AWEGO with a 15-inch bronze of "Protecting the Future" along with a Certificate of Authenticity of Arist's Proof #1. This is an accurate scale model of the life-sized statue that will be built at the Heritage Road / Kimball Avenue roundabout. AWEGO will be conducting a communitywide drawing as part of the fundraising for this valuable bronze piece of original art.
  • On April 19, 2017 AWEGO had a table at the "Meet & Greet" for Don Kennell at the Foothills Art Center.  Mr. Kennell is the artist of "Rocky Mountain Hummer," the colorful new hummingbird public art piece at the King Soopers roundabout on South Golden Road.

  • AWEGO set up a table at the Golden High School PTA's annual Chili Cook-off on February 23, 2017.  Although it was a cold, snowy evening, there was a good attendance. AWEGO did very well at this event, introducing people to the project, answering questions, and acquainting them with Elk Droppings. The first Elk Bucket was part of the table display.

  • The January/February 2017 City of Golden's full-page Informer article titled "Setting a New Precedent for Public Art" describes the new precedent AWEGO is setting with pictures of the artist and the elk family sculpture.

  • AWEGO is participating in Colorado Gives Day (Dec 6). Meaningful donations can be made in support of a neighborhood or the Golden community. The Golden Civic Foundation is our fiscal partner, making your donation tax-deductible.  Donate here.

  • Four hundred bags of AWEGO's Elk Droppings were the table gifts for all the attendees at the Golden Civic Foundation's 41st Annual Gala and Auction held on November 12, 2016.

  • Christine Knapp will make 15-inch table bronzes of the sculpture for sale that can help AWEGO in fundraising. AWEGO agreed with Christine's name for the entire artwork as "Protecting the Future." A contest will be held for naming the two calves.

  • At the November 3, 2016 meeting of the Golden Public Art Commission, an important milestone was reached when a unanimous vote by the Commissioners approved the maquette for the mother elk and two calves sculpture. Christine Knapp, the artist, showed the clay model of the future sculpture for the roundabout and answered commissioners questions.

  • During October, bags of Elk Droppings were selling quite well in some stores. See the list on the website page under Purchases for locations.

  • On October 1, 2016 the annual neighborhood Blocktoberfest was held in Heritage Dells, and AWEGO had a table showing off the new banner and provided updated information to the neighbors.

  • At the July 2016 Golden Public Art Commission meeting, the commissioners approved Christine Knapp as the artist for the roundabout project and commissioned the making of a maquette (clay model) to be presented at the November 2016 meeting. The payment for the maquette was split between residents contributing to AWEGO and the Public Art Commission.

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AWEGO * P.O. Box 18263 * Golden, Colorado  80401