The Aurora Public Art Commission is a civic organization dedicated to the presentation of public art in all its forms. APAC provides a formal art presence for the residents of the City of Aurora. General functions include selecting sites for sculpture and other art forms, selecting artists, overseeing projects, developing programs in art education and establishing an exhibit schedule for the Aurora Public Art Commission Gallery. In addition, the Public Art Commission supports a variety of initiatives promoting public awareness of the positive value of diversity in Aurora. The Aurora Public Art Commission was established in 1985 by the City of Aurora for the purpose of developing a cohesive public art program. The Commission consists of nine members, each appointed by the mayor. Members serve on a volunteer basis. APAC encourages community participation in the Public Art program. Public involvement is essential in establishing an atmosphere in which the arts can flourish in Aurora. A successful arts program helps to build a positive sense of community identity, contributes to economic growth, and enriches the lives of individuals. The Aurora Public Art Commission celebrates Aurora's diverse community by showcasing the full spectrum of artistic styles and traditions.