We Support Buena Vista, Colorado Becoming A Colorado Creative District

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Help make Buena Vista one of the next Colorado Creative Districts through Colorado Creative Industries!

By signing this petition you are indicating your support and encouraging the Buena Vista Board of Trustees to approve moving forward with applying for becoming a Colorado Creative District.

About Colorado Creative Industries

Colorado is a magnet for creative enterprises and creative workers. Indeed, with almost 8,000 businesses and 186,000 jobs, the creative sector comprises the state's 5th largest employment cluster. Colorado's Creative Industries Division, within the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, was established in July 2010 to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado's economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life. For more information, visit

The legislation encourages the formation of creative districts in communities, neighborhoods or contiguous geographic areas, 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.

The Colorado Creative District Program first certified Denver's Arts District on Santa Fe and Downtown Salida in 2012. In 2013, an additional five districts were granted state certification: Corazon de Trinidad, North Fork Valley Creative District, Pueblo Creative Corridor, Ridgway Creative District and Telluride Arts District.

More About Colorado Creative Industries

Mission & Program Priorities

To promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.


  • Nonprofit and for-profit creative businesses, artists and creative entrepreneurs will have increased access to financial support, skill development and professional networking.
  • Colorado will be recognized as a premier creative hub — a home for world-class creative businesses, productions and experiences.
  • Opportunities for arts learning and creativity skills development will be available to Colorado youth to help them succeed in school and to be better prepared to enter the workforce.
  • Local governments and coalitions will expand professional and financial support for creative businesses and cultural and artistic programs in their communities.
  • All Coloradans will have access to creative environments and experiences.
  • Colorado’s unique cultural heritage will be preserved and promoted.

Program Priorities

  • Increase access to direct financial support for creatives.
  • Create and expand professional development and networking opportunities for creatives.
  • Promote Colorado as a premier creative hub.
  • Increase access to arts and creativity skills in preschool through college education and workforce development.
  • Stimulate increased support for creatives by local governments and coalitions.

Creative Economy Study

The 2008 study “Colorado: State-of-the-Art, Key Findings from The State of Colorado’s Creative Economy” found the following:

  • 186,251 jobs in the state are associated with creative enterprises and creative occupations
  • Colorado’s creative enterprises employed over 122,000 individuals in about 8,000 establishments
  • Another 64,000 individuals worked in creative occupations in non-creative enterprises
  • Employee earnings in creative industry jobs, including employee benefits, were $5 billion

A study commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts found that Colorado ranks 5th among all states for concentration of artists. The study categorizes creative industries into six sub-groups: design, film and media, heritage, literary and publishing, performing arts, and visual arts and crafts. Colorado’s strengths are design, literary and publishing, and film and media, which represent 73% of all creative industry jobs. Find key finding here and the full study here.


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