AURORA'S mission is to inspire a more accessible future of art and technology by supporting the voices of today's artist and connecting diverse communities through transformative public art experiences.
AURORA is a DALLAS-based public arts organization. Through the AURORA BIENNIAL exhibition and the AURORA EXPANDED year-round programing, AURORA presents works by leading contemporary artists at the intersection of art, technology, and community. By fostering a deeper appreciation of art within the community, AURORA aims to spark curiosity, inspire, and encourage a sense of connectedness among individuals and communities. AURORA believes that art has the power to shape and transform the world around us and is dedicated to creating spaces where artist and audiences can come together to explore, imagine, and dream.
AURORA was founded in 2010 by artists Shane Pennington and Joshua King, along with veteran Dallas arts supporter Veletta Forsythe Lill. The inaugural exhibition was a one-night only public art event featuring light, video, and sound artworks and it has developed into a multifaceted platform. Today AURORA inspires creativity with year-round programs like Art Quest and Video Art Nights. In 2024, the cornerstone Biennial has commissioned 300 visionary artists from over 70 countries and brought more than 350,000 attendees to Dallas to experience this free cultural event.