What is a Certified Creative District?
The Creative District Certification process focuses on defining specific geographic areas that can attract artists and creative entrepreneurs to a community, infuse new energy and innovation and enhance economic and civic capital. Creative Districts are hubs of economic activity, enhancing the area as an appealing place to live, visit and conduct business, as well as generate new economic activity. Program support offers selected communities access to financial and technical support and networking and training programs. The Creative District process began in 2011. Since July of 2012, Colorado Creative Industries has supported and developed 21 Creative Districts throughout the state. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Certified Creative District here.
Creative District Success: Greeley, CO
a total of 675 creative jobs at the time of certification
$2.2 million gain was achieved in total creative industry earnings after the initial year of certification
A 38% gain was obtained with regards to nonprofit revenues
Help us get on the Creative Corridor Map!
Colorado’s Creative Corridor runs through a handful of the state’s Certified Creative Districts, including Carbondale, the North Fork Valley, Crested Butte, Ridgway and Salida — not to mention stunning landscapes, restaurants serving locally sourced menus and the spirit of the arts around every corner. By establishing Durango as a Creative District, we will have access to marketing and getting on the official Creative Corridor map!
What is the process for Durango becoming a Creative District?
Local First, the City of Durango, and key community leaders are teaming up to establish a Creative District in Durango through the “Call Yourself Creative” process. The first step is an interactive stakeholder process to ensure that a diversity of stakeholders are engaged and a variety of options are considered for what a Creative District would look like in Durango. Ultimately, Creative District Certification is approved by Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) who then provides seed money, technical resources, and marketing tools to assist in making the Creative District a success. A Durango Creative District will place Durango on the map along with its neighboring creative districts in Mancos, Telluride, and Ridgeway, establishing a Creative Corridor that increases regional tourism and marketing opportunities while supporting the Creative Artisan Economy.
Planned outcomes from the year-long stakeholder process include:
A strategic plan that creates a common mission and vision for the community
List of cultural, historical, and creative assets in Durango
Development and fundraising concepts to provide a self-sustaining entity
Recommendation for the best legal framework to support the Creative District
Public involvement plan
Survey Results from first Stakeholder Meeting
We need your help! Please join a working group (listed above) to help us reach our goal of becoming a Creative District.