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During our stakeholder process, our community requested that the Durango Creative District organize informative/inspirational discussions and skill-building workshops with the creative community.

You asked and we listened. Beginning in February, we will be hosting a series that highlights local creative professionals from different industries, addresses topics that the creative community may have, and allows for open conversation. Don't miss these events -- you'll leave feeling inspired, informed and more connected with likeminded people!

If you are interested in being a presenter or have suggestions, please contact [email protected] and provide your full name, contact info and a short description!

Sponsored By

Durango Friends of the Arts
Heirlooms Durango


FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Origin Stories

Spark Series

PRESENTERS (from left to right):
Eric Tomczak (Manufacturing), Katie Burford (Culinary Arts), Heather Freeman (Visual Arts and Education), Scott DW Smith (Visual Arts), and Jessica Perino (Performing Arts)

APRIL 16, 2020

Taking the Jump: Starting a Creative Business

PRESENTERS: Jesse Ogle (Music and Nonprofits), Sarah Douglas (Graphic Design), Bailey Barnes (Creative Coaching and Education), Max Fields and James Plate (Agriculture), and Elsa Jagniecki (Design and Events)

JUNE 18, 2020

Branding & Promotion

Wendolyne Omana (Healing Arts, Culture & Heritage), Alex Pullen (Web Development, Design & Photography), Bailey Parker (Artisan Products), and David Cahoon (Design & Education)


Grain of Salt: Giving and Taking Feedback in Stride

Chef Safari (Culinary Arts), Stephen Sellers (Education & Performing Arts), Shan Wells (Visual Arts, Film & Media), Jeff Wise (Visual Arts) and Rachel Turiel (Literary & Publishing)

OCTOBER 8, 2020

Resources for Creative Entrepreneurs to Survive COVID-19

Presenters: Mary Shepherd and Hannah Birdsong from SW Colorado Small Business Development Center and Cassandra Walker Harvey from First Southwest Community Fund

NOVEMBER 12, 2020

Value Proposition: Pricing Your Work

Presenters: Laura Ritz (Writing and Editing), Brett Stallings (Graphic Design and Web Development), Cody Tinnin (Music and Performing Arts), Jackson Clark II (Gallery Curation and Sales) and Karyn Gabaldon (Visual Arts)