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State picks Carbondale for “creative district” program

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The town of Carbondale was recently chosen to participate in the 2014-15 Creative District program, instituted by Colorado Creative Industries — a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

“These (creative districts) are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to live and visit,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a press release.

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Carbondale began its creative plan in 2013, focusing on “connectivity” and “wayfinding” (signage), according to Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Director Amy Kimberly.

“This strengthens the creative industries, which include businesses ranging from publishing to food production and culinary and healing arts, as well as artists and designers,” Kimberly said.

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The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities spearheaded the creative district effort. “We have a rich heritage of ranching and the arts, which fits the vision of the state. We gathered a diverse group of stakeholders together to (first) begin the plan,” Kimberly said. Out of that effort, CCAH produced a map with “points of communication” and “wayfinding” locations, and also started a creative industries inventory.

“There is much energy around communities that define themselves through art,” Kimberly continued. “The 21st century is all about creativity, which is something Carbondale has utilized for years to keep itself vibrant.”

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For details on Carbondale’s creative plan, visit

Other communities chosen for the Creative District program are Crested Butte, Mancos, Crestone, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fort Collins and Evergreen.

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