Space to Create Colorado is the first state driven initiative for affordable housing for artists and creative sector workers in the nation. Our mission is to develop affordable housing and work space, including commercial space, for artists and arts organizations and to position Colorado as the nation’s leader in artist led community transformation in rural communities. Space to Create will facilitate the development of nine projects in eight regions in Colorado’s rural, small town and mountain communities. This effort is led by the Colorado Office of Economic Development’s Colorado Creative Industries, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the Boettcher Foundation, Artspace and History Colorado.
In 2013, Trinidad became a Certified Colorado Creative District and is now the demonstration project for Colorado’s Space to Create program. Trinidad’s Space to Create development will build 20 live/work apartments to accommodate low-income artists and their families. The space will include three historic buildings: The Toller, Aiello, and Franch. All three buildings have been focal points of downtown Trinidad for visitors and community members since 1882. The buildings will serve as affordable housing options for artists, and incorporate an arts gallery and a community gathering space. The use of this space was determined through an ArtSpace Market Survey that garnered over 600 responses from community members.