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 came together in the summer of 2018 to establish a Creative District in Durango. A steering committee was formed and became committed to facilitating and completing "D.I.Y. Call Yourself Creative Stakeholder Process" required to become state-certified by Colorado Creative Industries, who oversees the Creative District program.
The creative community in Durango coalesced and over 30 working groups were held on topics ranging from our Creative District's strategic plan to our brand. After a year of thorough research, fundraising, and discussions about our vision for our creative economy, Colorado Creative Industries granted state-certification to Durango Creative District in December 2019. There is an abundance of creatives living in Durango, and this initial stakeholder process would not be fulfilled without the community's support!
Having a Creative District in Durango will have numerous benefits, including: increased access to capitol and grants, increased promotion for our local creative industries and regional Creative Districts, increased public benefit projects, and a shared vision for the creative community.