Do you love seeing the increase of public art projects in Durango? Did you enjoy our outdoor Durango Art Market this summer at 11th Street Station? If you are a proud supporter of Arts and Culture, this pledge is for you!
OUR CURRENT ARTS & CULTURE PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS
Although the Durango Creative District has only been certified since December 2019, our nonprofit has been able to execute several projects and programs that have benefitted our community.
DURANGO ART BRIGADE
Partners: Durango Creative District, City of Durango's Creative Economy Commission, Local First, Dumpster Beautification Project, Durango Business Improvement District
The Durango Art Brigade is a temporary public art initiative that promotes economic recovery and resilience, community partnerships, activation of the social sphere and intergenerational involvement. The program was devised in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to spur economic activity and help artists get paid work opportunities.
Between 2020-2021, the Durango Art Brigade has supported 30 artists and 11 youth volunteers.
DURANGO ART MARKET
Partners: 11th Street Station, First SouthWest Community Fund, First SouthWest Bank and El Pomar Foundation
In the summer of 2021, the Durango Creative District launched the first outdoor Art Market at 11th Street Station. The weekly Art Market occurred from July - September on Sunday mornings. The Art Market successfully supported 35 artists (including students) with low-cost booths in a popular area on Main Avenue.
The DCD is excited to bring back the Art Market in the summer of 2022!
MURAL AT DURANGO BOTANIC GARDENS
Partners: Durango Botanic Gardens, Durango Public Library, Handcrafted House, City of Durango's Creative Economy Commission
In 2021, our organization worked with Durango Botanic Gardens to commission a botanic mural in the gardens by the Durango Public Library. The mural was successfully completed by Nia Sturr and features local flora (in partnership with the Durango Botanic Gardens horticulturalist).
EMPTY STOREFRONT PROJECT
Partners: The City of Durango's Creative Economy Commission, Durango Business Improvement District
In 2019, our organization helped devise the Empty Storefront Project as a method of beautifying vacant storefronts in the central business district and attracting more attention to the properties.
Through this program, we were able to support 6 artist teams with paid installations.