In 1964, the Littleton City Council established the Littleton Fine Arts Board to advise the city in developing a fine arts collection, and to assist the city in the selection and purchase of public arts for installation in public buildings, parks, and open spaces. It also arranges periodic art shows, selects art and sculpture for the Littleton Center and reviews all art donations to the city.
The first logical step for the newly-formed committee was to contact the internationally-famous sculptor Edgar Britton, whose studio was located right on Main Street. Mr. Britton’s proposal was accepted, and the Fine Arts Committee had its first piece of artwork for its collection.
The Fine Arts Committee’s collection now numbers 26 public sculptures, plus some smaller pieces that are exhibited periodically inside the Museum. They also have number of photographs, paintings, drawings, textiles and prints.
Fine Arts Committee volunteers have taken on the responsibility for cleaning the extensive collection. Several committee members have been trained in the conservation of the various materials used in the artwork owned by the city, including bronze, terra cotta, metal, and paint.
The Fine Arts Committee will continue to advise city council on the purchase and installation of new pieces, and also takes an active role in the care and maintenance of the art. Committee members want to ensure that the artworks will be around for many generations to come.