Crested Butte Creative District

Crested Butte Creative District

The Creative District

Since 2014, Crested Butte has worked to establish itself as one of Colorado’s Creative Districts. In 2015, the Crested Butte Town Council adopted the Creative District’s strategic plan and appointed a Creative District Commission.

Crested Butte was certified as a Creative District in the summer of 2016, joining seventeen other districts in the state of Colorado. Colorado Creative Industries, a program of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, offers the Creative District program for towns and neighborhoods in order to:

  • Create hubs and clusters of economic activity
  • Promote a community’s unique identity
  • Enhance areas as appealing places to live, conduct business and attract visitors

Since its inception, the Crested Butte Creative District has:

  • Written a strategic plan, establishing goals for programming, community engagement, physical characteristics of the district, identity of the district, economic development, and social cohesion
  • Established a small grants program for local creatives
  • Partnered with the Tourism Association to promote local creatives and Crested Butte’s amazing cultural offerings
  • Worked with the Town to develop a new wayfinding system
  • Established the Creative District through branding, website development, and community outreach
  • Built a directory of local creatives and begun to develop paid opportunities for local creatives

The Crested Butte Creative District develops cultural patronage so that creatives and creative businesses thrive.

The Creative District nurtures a vibrant creative culture in downtown Crested Butte through support for local artists, increased collaboration between creative organizations, and increased visibility of the arts and creativity throughout the Creative District.  The Creative District preserves the fun, funky character and cohesive community identity that has set Crested Butte apart from other mountain resort towns.

About Crested Butte

Crested Butte is a small town nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. With 1,500 year-round residents, Crested Butte is a spirited, tight-knit community. At the end of the road and at nearly 9,000 feet, Crested Butte is extreme – whether it’s the steep flanks of the surrounding mountains, the incredible display of wildflowers in our mountain meadows during the summer months, or our commitment to costumed events.Only a square-mile in size, Crested Butte is a National Historic District with a perfect grid of streets and vernacular mining-era architecture.

Crested Butte is strongly tied to its sense of place – in the natural environment, in its rich history, and in its unique community character. This sense of place has created a nurturing environment for creativity of all types to flourish. Despite its small size, Crested Butte has a vibrant creative scene with working artists and artisans, innovators and entrepreneurs, and robust cultural offerings.

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The Creative District

Since 2014, Crested Butte has worked to establish itself as one of Colorado’s Creative Districts. In 2015, the Crested Butte Town Council adopted the Creative District’s strategic plan and appointed a Creative District Commission.

Crested Butte was certified as a Creative District in the summer of 2016, joining seventeen other districts in the state of Colorado. Colorado Creative Industries, a program of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, offers the Creative District program for towns and neighborhoods in order to:

  • Create hubs and clusters of economic activity
  • Promote a community’s unique identity
  • Enhance areas as appealing places to live, conduct business and attract visitors

Since its inception, the Crested Butte Creative District has:

  • Written a strategic plan, establishing goals for programming, community engagement, physical characteristics of the district, identity of the district, economic development, and social cohesion
  • Established a small grants program for local creatives
  • Partnered with the Tourism Association to promote local creatives and Crested Butte’s amazing cultural offerings
  • Worked with the Town to develop a new wayfinding system
  • Established the Creative District through branding, website development, and community outreach
  • Built a directory of local creatives and begun to develop paid opportunities for local creatives

The Crested Butte Creative District develops cultural patronage so that creatives and creative businesses thrive.

The Creative District nurtures a vibrant creative culture in downtown Crested Butte through support for local artists, increased collaboration between creative organizations, and increased visibility of the arts and creativity throughout the Creative District.  The Creative District preserves the fun, funky character and cohesive community identity that has set Crested Butte apart from other mountain resort towns.

About Crested Butte

Crested Butte is a small town nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. With 1,500 year-round residents, Crested Butte is a spirited, tight-knit community. At the end of the road and at nearly 9,000 feet, Crested Butte is extreme – whether it’s the steep flanks of the surrounding mountains, the incredible display of wildflowers in our mountain meadows during the summer months, or our commitment to costumed events.Only a square-mile in size, Crested Butte is a National Historic District with a perfect grid of streets and vernacular mining-era architecture.

Crested Butte is strongly tied to its sense of place – in the natural environment, in its rich history, and in its unique community character. This sense of place has created a nurturing environment for creativity of all types to flourish. Despite its small size, Crested Butte has a vibrant creative scene with working artists and artisans, innovators and entrepreneurs, and robust cultural offerings.

FEATURED OPPORTUNITY

Call for Proposals: Creative District Photography

Colorado Creative Industries is seeking one photographer in each of the six listed...
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Crested Butte Creative District Seeks New Commissioner

The Crested Butte Creative District has an opening for a new Commissioner.  The...
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FEATURED NEWS

ArtWalk in Crested Butte: How to attend with your kids and leave happy

August 11, 2017 Photos and writing from Holly Harmon There is a captivating magic here, created...
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Celebrate the height of Summer with Feast in the Field

July 28, 2017 // Cassidy Tawse Garcia Flames lick the sizzling meats; locally-sourced sausages,...
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Experience the Crested Butte music scene: From attending shows to performing live

August 14, 2017 // Olivia Lueckemeyer Creative energy is palpable in Crested Butte. Events as...
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