About the Crested Butte Creative District

About the Crested Butte Creative District

The Crested Butte Creative District supports a dynamic cultural economy where local creatives live, create, and 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.

What is a Creative District?

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 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 officially certified as a Creative District in the summer of 2016, joining seventeen other districts in the state of Colorado.

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

What are the goals of the Creative District?

In 2018, the Creative District Commission developed a new action plan to realign our strategic plan with the long-term goals of the Creative District. The goals developed are:

  • Have Crested Butte be recognized as a creative destination
  • Provide creatives with opportunities and the resources that they need
    • Affordable housing and workspace for creatives
    • Arts education opportunities for students
    • Professional development opportunities for creatives
  • Build credibility with the community and have the creative sector be recognized as an important economic driver
  • Foster excellence in the local creative community for public art projects
  • Contribute to an increase in small, sustainable creative businesses and the creative class
  • Develop a plan for financial sustainability of the Creative District

The Creative District has developed programming and initiatives in the areas of Advocacy, Public Art, Professional Development and Education to reach these goals and achieve our original mission of supporting our local creative community.

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.

 

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 Creatives: Participate in the Winter 2018 Give Creatively Campaign

The Crested Butte Creative District invites registered Creatives to participate in the Winter 2018...

2018 Marketing Series

Join the Creative District and Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce this Fall for a...

CCI Career Advancement Grant

Colorado Creative Industries' Career Advancement Awards support Colorado creative...

FEATURED NEWS

2018 Marketing Series

Join the Creative District and Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce this Fall for a...

View and Celebrate the Inaugural “Arts in Public Places” Installation

Local creative, Ben Eaton, posing with "Jokerville". Meet Ben and view his installation on October...

Have you seen the new Wayfinding and Destination Signage around Town?

Wayfinding Signage “The new wayfinding signs blend form and function, catching people’s attention...

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