Cultural Arts Current Projects

Adams County Poet Laureate Residency

Kerri Joy
Photographer: Nikki A. Rae Photography

The Adams County Poet Laureate Residency is a joint effort with Anythink Libraries to better connect the Adams County community through poetry and enrich the lives of residents through access to arts and culture.

The current Poet Laureate, Kerrie Joy, is not only a poet, but a singer/songwriter, storyteller, educator, and revolutionary. Joy has performed across the country at Red Rocks, Tedx Mile High, City Winery Atlanta, and more.

Learn more about Kerrie Joy here and follow the Adams County Poet Laureate on Instagram. Stay up to date on all of Kerrie Joy’s upcoming events and workshops here.


Opportunities to Connect with Kerrie Joy

National Poetry Month - April 2024

Tap into your inner poet with partners Anythink Libraries, Art from Ashes, Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Adams County Poet Laureate Kerrie Joy. Aspiring and experienced poets welcome. Learn more here.

Poetry Workshops with Kerrie Joy
Join Adams County Poet Laureate Kerrie Joy for writing workshops aimed at unlocking creative confidence through power and play:

Poetry Slams with Kerrie Joy
Let your voice be heard! Connect with other poets and poetry lovers from across Adams County at Anythink's Poetry Slams, hosted by Poet Laureate Kerrie Joy. Participants will compete in front of a live, supportive audience with Visa gift card prizes available for the top three poets. Whether participating in the slam or cheering on competing poets, enjoy music, food, and a shared love of the written and spoken word.

Slots in the poetry slam are limited; registration is required. Registration is not required to cheer on the poets. 

Unstudied Adams County with Poet Laureate Kerrie Joy

The second Unstudied Adams County is coming to Anythink Perl Mack in Sherrelwood on the evening of Friday, May 17. 

Join Poet Laureate Kerrie Joy for an open mic, a dive into local poetic history, and a performance by a featured Colorado poet. 

Beer and wine will be served, and this is a 21-year-old-plus event. More information coming soon to

Recent Poet Laureate Events

A young poet performs an original work at an Unstudied event.

A young poet performs original work for the first time at Kerrie Joy's event "Unstudied," an evening of poetry and community.

Attendees at an Unstudied event pose for the camera.

"Unstudied" attendees enjoy an evening of poetry, great food, and good company.

Gallery at Taza Coffee House​ 

Lessons from a Cloud 

Poetry and photography by artist Meca’Ayo

With poems hastily scribbled on notebook pages and photographs sporadically captured on the move, Meca’Ayo’s visual and poetic journal gives us a glimpse into the often-overlooked details of everyday life. You’ll find nature at the heart of their work, a response to the lack of access to the outdoors many city-dwellers’ experience.

This unique collection of poetry and photography invites you to engage, to find connection in our shared human experience, and to embrace hope amidst adversity.

View their work at the Gallery at Taza Coffee House through May.


"Rose Colored" by artist Meca'Ayo


Artist Meca'Ayo

Artists at Events

We bring artists to county events throughout the year to add their magic. Anything from an interactive experience, live art, artisan booth, event-scale installations, or a full-on artist takeover, we hire artists for events like Adams County Pride, Festival Latino, Welby Days, and others. Interested? Tell us who you are and what you do.

Prairie on the Move


The brand new Adams County Fleet & Public Works Facility on Dahlia and 74th features serene and stunning public art from local Commerce City artists Chevo Studios and Drew Button. A series of three gestures built with local stone and steel depict the work of the people who care for our streets and the untamed nature of the plains.   

Art on the Trails

Art on the TrailsGet outside and check out the art along the Adams County trail system. Discover over 50 miles of trails connecting our neighborhoods, parks, and open spaces with artwork from projects like Murals for Hope, Love Your Trails - Ground Mural Series, Babe Walls, and others. Check out this map for locations and info about each artwork and artist. 

Traffic Cabinet Wraps on Pecos and Washington

Look out for new traffic cabinet wraps along Pecos St. and Washington St. Wraps feature beautiful sights from across Adams County. Photographs were taken by Adams County residents who submitted images to County photo contests over the last several years.

Click here for a map of all the new cabinet wrap locations.                    

Learn more about traffic signal cabinet upgrades by Adams County Public Works here.

Including Self in Others at Pelican Ponds

Local artist Laura Shill created this piece during the pandemic to encourage people to sit across from one another and have a conversation. Visit the temporary installation of Including Self in Others in the wilderness of Pelican Ponds Open Space and try it out for yourselves. 

In partnership with Redline Contemporary Art Center.


Upcoming Projects

Niver Creek Mural

Coming to Welby in 2024/25. The Niver Creek drainage ditch is getting a major uplift with a mural installation over a half mile long. Learn more about the Niver Creek Mural Project and Artist Selection Panel here.  


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