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. Primary recipients are Colorado communities, including local government entities and nonprofit cultural organizations within and surrounding the Certified Creative Districts.
NOTE: The Creative Districts certification program is by invitation only and applicants must meet one of two prerequisites to be considered for an invitation to apply: Completion of the Call Yourself Creative DIY three-step process or participation in the Colorado Office of Economic Development Rural Technical Assistance Program (RTAP) – Creativity Lab initiative, an application based program for rural communities. Contact Christy Costello, [email protected] for more information and deadline information.
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Greeley, Colorado obtained official Creative District certification in 2014. Ever since, Greeley has continued to creatively expand alongside 23 fellow Creative Districts throughout Colorado. Exciting best describes the climate encompassed by the Greeley Creative District, which blends the historic Downtown Development and University Districts in a continuum of dynamic and complementary uses.
In the initial year of certification, Greeley had a total of 675 creative jobs. A $2.2 million gain was achieved in total creative industry earnings after the initial year of certification, which resulted in $22.9 million total industry earnings. A 38% gain was obtained with regards to nonprofit revenues, resulting in $584.7K total revenues. Creative District certification is representative of Greeley’s creative vitality and artists such as performance art and speed painter, Armando Silva.