Estes Park Chosen To Submit Full Creative Arts District Application
On March 17, the Town of Estes Park was chosen as one of 11 Colorado communities invited to submit a formal application for state certification as a Creative Arts District. After site visits, up to 7 communities will be selected to join Colorado’s Candidate Creative Arts District program.
In 2011 the Colorado Legislature passed HB11-1031, which encourages the formation of Colorado Creative Districts in local communities. Such districts, it should be noted, do not have any authority to tax. Local Creative Arts initiatives can receive technical assistance and recognition from the Creative Industries Division of the Colorado Office of Tourism and International Trade.
The deadline for application is May 23, 2014. Prior to that date a CCI Review Panel will conduct a site visit. Preparations for the site visit will be handled by a local steering committee, chaired by artist Greig Steiner.
BY WAY OF REMINDER. Creative Arts Districts, by definition, are broad and inclusive, and membership extends far beyond traditional arts categories. It includes: the Visual Arts (two-dimensional art); Sculpture (three-dimensional art); Music; Written Literature (both fiction and non-fiction); Theater, Dance; Retailers (those who sell various kinds of art or crafts, as well as art supplies); Art Galleries; Games & Sports; Culinary Arts; the Occupational Arts (such as architecture, advertising, graphic design, software development); Celebrations and Events (area events that include arts and cultural activities); and finally, spaces for Events and Exhibits (such as restaurants, music venues, the Stanley Fairgrounds).
As noted earlier, several important initial steps have already been taken. A series of open meetings for local artists have been held under the auspices of an interim steering committee; an inventory of Estes Park’s creative assets has been initiated; and two successful on-line surveys (one of arts organizations; the other of individual artists) to gauge community interest and support have been completed. The Board of Directors of Estes Valley Partners for Commerce has stepped forward to offer sponsorship and help. The Estes Park Economic Development Corporation (Estes Park EDC) is providing technical support. Finally, the Town of Estes Park has passed a resolution of support.
Expected outcomes. A fully realized Creative Arts District will allow Estes Park to achieve the following goals:
• Enhance Estes Park’s image and reputation as a creative community for guests and residents alike.
• Help to ensure a unified arts calendar for all of Estes Park’s arts groups and arts activities that can be easily accessed by both residents and guests.
• Expand collaborative partnership opportunities for individual artists and arts groups.
• Enhance our physical appearance and quality of life by encouraging additional public expression and representation of the creative arts.
Those who have not previously done so are urged to register their interest by sending an e-mail to the following address: CreativeEstes@gmail.com. The interest list on hand is used to generate invitations to CAD meetings. Information is also available by contacting the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation at firstname.lastname@example.org.