Space to Create

Greg Handberg
Opportunities | Programs


Space to Create Colorado is the first state driven initiative for affordable housing for creative sector workers in the nation. Our mission is to develop affordable housing and work space, including commercial space, for creative industries and artisans and to position Colorado as the nation’s leader in creatively 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.

NOTE: We are currently focusing our resources on existing projects. We do not expect to accept any additional applications from communities and regions in 2020.

Eligibility Snapshot
  • Concentration of creative sector workforce
  • Availability of historic buildings for adaptive re-use
  • Available property for development
  • Commitment of resources by local governing body
  • Demonstrated ability to execute community-based initiatives
  • Community with less than 50,000 population and geographically distant from urban areas.


  • Stimulate community and economic development in rural, small town and mountain communities by providing permanently affordable and financially sustainable workforce housing and working spaces for creative sector employment.
  • Nine projects initiated across Colorado by 2019 will culminate in roughly $45 million of investment in direct capital investment by multiple partners and agencies.

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Case Study

Trinidad Space to Create

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.