Havasu Area Public Art (HAPA) was formed in 2015 to promote public art in Lake Havasu. Many cities, and neighboring towns, have made their communities more beautiful and interesting with murals and sculptures. The City of Lake Havasu does not have a public art budget. Not-for-profit HAPA seeks to fill that void.
HAPA's first project was "Deck the Halls" at the newly remodeled Havasu Regional Medical Center. Hospital adminisstrators wanted original artwork and photographs depicting London Bridge and Havasu activities. HAPA organized an art contest, and HRMC sstaff selected 54 works from 22 different artists. The contest was financed by HRMC.
In 2016 Don and Kathy Hodel approached HAPA about a car themed mural on the west side of their building on what is now Hodel Way. HAPA issued a call to artists. Tucson artist Amy Novelli and her design were chosen and approved by the Hodels. "Havasu Car Scene" was completed in January 2017. It was financed by the owners of the cars that appear on the mural.
Next a local bicycle club approached HAPA about a mural that would memorialize the four citizens tha had lost their lives while bicycling. They even had a willing building owner. The site was the toop of the southern wall of Mesquit's Janitorial on north Lake Havasu Ave. Several Lake Havasu City artists submitted designs. "Share the Road", created by Jacque Meng, is a metal sculpture of bicyclists mounted over a painted backdrop. It was completed in 2019 and was funded with proceeds from the HAPA fundraisers and donations from individuals and organizations, including the bicycle community.
In the fall of 2019 Inspire the Church on Swanson Blvd approached HAPA about a desert themed mural for the east wall of the church. Local artist Kolleen Bookey's design "Cupcake Mountain" was selected and completed in late 2019. It was funded by the proceeds of HAPA's 2019 Bar Stool Auction and donations.
"Field to Table" is the working title of the current HAPA mural that local artist Rachel Kaiser is creating on the west wall of the KAWS building on upper McCulloch Blvd. The spring HAPA fundraiser was cancelled due to the coronavirus, so this mural will be primarily funded by donations.
HAPA invites you to become a donor for fiscal year July 2020 - June 2021. You will be recognized at HAPA fundraisers and on the "Field to Table" plaque, as well as plaques of any other projects completed during this time. Besides the tax deductable donation you will have the joy of looking at a work of art that wouldn't be there without your help - priceless.