State certifies Carbondale Creative District
By Lynn Burton Sopris
Sun Staff Writer
Colorado Creative Industries and the Boetcher Foundation named the Carbondale Creative District as one of five new creative districts around the state on Thursday.
“These 2016 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a press release.
“These districts not only increase quality of life, they also help with the economic vitality of the area and attract people from all over Colorado and the country.”
The certification is for a five-year period. Along with official designation, each district will receive a negotiated award package with an estimated value of $40,000 that incudes: customized combinations of financial support, technical assistance, advertising and marketing support, access to grants, CDOT highway signs and leadership training.
“The goal of this program is to help Colorado Creative Districts achieve the administrative structure, funding streams, community engagement process and strategic plan that provide opportunities to grow the creative economy,” said Margaret Hunt, CCI director.
Colorado Creative Industries is a department of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & Trade. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities established a creative district in the town limits, and was the official applicant with Town of Carbondale cooperation.
The Carbondale Creative District joins 12 other districts that previously earned certification: 40West Arts District, Corazon de Trinidad, Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, Downtown Colorado Springs Creative District, Greeley Creative District, Longmont Arts and Entertainment District, North Fork Valley Creative District, Pueblo Creative Corridor, Ridgway Creative District, RiNo Arts District, Salida Creative District and Telluride Arts District.
For more on Colorado’s new Creative Districts, go to coloradocreativeindustries.org.