City of Aurora
The memorial, named “Ascentiate” by its artist creator, is located inside the city of Aurora Water-wise Reflection Garden at the southeast corner (East Alameda Parkway and South Chambers Road) of the Aurora Municipal Center campus, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway.
The memorial, to be dedicated July 27th, 6:30 PM, honors the 13 lives taken, 70 wounded and many lives that were changed on the night of July 20, 2012. Together with the surrounding garden, the artwork creates a beautiful reflective space that is open to all. Kentucky artist Douwe Blumberg designed, created and installed “Ascentiate,” a sculptural composition of 83 caste aluminum cranes. Seventy white cranes representing those injured in the shooting converge from all sides and then begin to rise upward. Then the 13 uppermost cranes with translucent wings that glow in the sunlight continue to rise upwards, representing those that perished. All of the cranes were cast with a hollow interior compartment, and each of these compartments have been filled with a canister containing meaningful words, objects and mementos. The sculpture is about 18 feet tall. Blumberg was selected by the 7/20 Memorial Foundation from more than 160 artists nationwide who applied for the project.
The 7/20 Memorial Foundation is an independent nonprofit with which the city of Aurora has supported and worked closely.
Health Powers Life campaign for immigrants and refugees in Aurora receives international accolades
AURORA, Colo. – Health Powers Life, an outreach campaign targeting better health outcomes for Aurora’s immigrant and refugee communities, has been recognized by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts with three Communicator Awards.
“One in five residents in Aurora was born outside the United States, and Health Powers Life is an important tool in the city’s strategic plan to connect immigrants and refugees with important services and ensure they are able to be their best, healthy selves,” said Ricardo Gambetta, head of Aurora’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs. “We are excited to hear about the recognition for how well the campaign has been promoted, and we are even more excited to see that translate into healthy outcomes for all our residents.”
See Press Release here (June 12, 2018)
It is with deep sadness that we inform the small business community that Stephen D. Hogan, Mayor of Aurora, passed away on May 13, 2018. He was 69 years old. Mayor Hogan honorably served as mayor of Aurora from 2011 until his passing. His time as mayor was preceded by 24 years on the City Council.
The Hogan family has asked that, in his honor, donations be made to the Mayor Stephen D. Hogan Memorial Fund via this link on the city’s Web site. Donations will be distributed to the following causes important to Mayor Hogan:
University of Denver Stephen D. Hogan Scholarship Fund
7/20 Memorial Fund
Aurora Korean Memorial Fund
Aurora History Museum
The community-wide memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of Aurora Mayor Stephen D. Hogan will be held on Saturday, May 19, 11AM, at the Heritage Christian Center in Aurora, located at 14401 E. Exposition Ave. Doors will open at 10AM. There is limited parking at the Heritage Christian Center, if you are attending, please plan to arrive early and park in one of designated lots off church property. Details are still being finalized, so you will need to watch for Police Explorers guiding people to parking. Please allow time to walk a little ways to the church.
We at the Aurora-South Metro SBDC consider Mayor Hogan to have been the ‘voice of reason’ over the years in his support of the small business community. He will be greatly missed!
Mayor Hogan is pictured below at the Small Business Saturday event, November 25, 2017, at Stanley Marketplace, with (from left) Frances Padilla, SBA Colorado District Director, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Aurora Mayor Hogan, and Kevin Hougen, President, Aurora Chamber.