OUR MISSION IS TO UNITE, CELEBRATE AND EXPAND THE LOCAL CREATIVE ECONOMY
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A broad coalition of representatives from local businesses, organizations, nonprofits and the City of Durango have come together to form a steering a committee to establish a Creative District in Durango. The Steering Committee started coalescing in the summer of 2018 and is committed to facilitating and completing "D.I.Y. Call Yourself Creative Stakeholder Process" that is required to become state-certified by Colorado Creative Industries, who oversees the Creative District program.
We want to coalesce the greater creative community in Durango and take time this year to listen to the different visions for our town. We recognize the incredible talent that resides here, and this initial stakeholder process would not be fulfilled without the community's support.
The community is coming together in favor of establishing a Creative District in Durango. A Creative District is a state-certification from Colorado Creative Industries (a subdivison of OEDIT) that designates an area with a high concentration of arts & culture enterprises, activities and events.
Establishing a Creative District in Durango will have numerous benefits, including: greater marketing for our creative economy, access to capitol and grants, greater relationships with other regional Creative Districts, and a shared vision for the creative community at-large.
The initial stakeholder process required to become certified started taking place in December 2018 and will continue until the Fall of 2019. Over the course of this year, we will be holding a series of working groups for the community to participate in, which will get us ready for establishing an operational entity in the Fall. During this time, the Steering Committee wants to collect information and help the community create a shared narrative.