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Telluride Arts: Telluride wins designation as one of the "prospective" creative districts in Colorado

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Telluride wins designation as one of 5 “prospective” creative districts in Colorado


Telluride Arts (Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities)

Sasha Cucciniello:  970-728-8959              


Contact for more information:

Kate Jones, Executive Director, Telluride Arts970.728.3930

Jim Lindheim, Consultant for Telluride Creative District 435.259.3917

Elaine Mariner, Colorado Creative Industries Director 303-892-3870




Colorado Creative Industries announced today that Telluride was among the top 7 applicants to receive recognition in the first round of creative districts considered by the state of Colorado. The newly formed Telluride Creative District, which follows the geographic boundaries of the town and encompasses a potent zone of arts activity, was designated one of 5 “Prospective Creative Districts” by  Colorado Creative Industries and will receive 8,000 and technical assistance to enhance economic  and cultural vitality through the arts. The two “certified creative districts” are Downtown Salida and Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe.


“Colorado is filled with vibrant centers of commerce, culture and creativity, and is a magnet for creative workers,” Hickenlooper said. “The formation of Creative Districts provides visitors and residents with an opportunity to participate and invest in the arts, while contributing to the economic vitality of the region and attracting creative entrepreneurs and artists.”


Locally, the funding and support will activate a community wide visioning process that will feed an overdue update of the Telluride Cultural Master Plan that was first developed in 1996. The Cultural Master Plan will help identify what the arts need to thrive and in turn be leveraged as a year round economic driver.  Considerations will include coordinated marketing and branding of the arts, coordination of local events through a community calendar, space needs for arts activities and artists, access to the arts, public art policy, sustaining funding opportunities and much more.   Also included in the cultural plan update are an economic impact survey of the arts and an arts asset map, both of which are underway.


Forty-four different districts from 25 counties applied for the designation from the state in this first round. In addition to the two areas that became Certified Creative Districts, five applicants were designated as Prospective Creative Districts and will each receive $8,000 and a customized package of technical assistance to enhance the likelihood that they will be certified in the future. Eight more applicants were designated as Emerging Creative Districts and will each receive $2,000 and technical assistance to further their district planning.


In 2011, Gov. Hickenlooper signed legislation that encourages the formation of Creative Districts in communities for the purposes of attracting creative entrepreneurs and artists to a community, infusing new energy and innovation which in turn will enhance the economic and civic capital of the community; creating hubs of economic activity, thereby enhancing the area as an appealing place to live, visit and conduct business, as well as create new economic activity; attracting visitors; revitalizing and beautifying communities; providing a focal point for celebrating and strengthening a community’s unique identity; and showcasing cultural and artistic organizations, events, and amenities.


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