WHAT'S NEW IN THE DISTRICT?

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News & Announcements

MACH Info Session

FREE MACH Info Training Session

Download Presentation Deck Here UPDATE: Manitou Arts Culture & Heritage Grant Application Info Session Resources Becca Sickbert, executive director of […]

Dance of TAVA

Volunteer to Help Paint the Transit Hub Mural

Register to help paint 10/17-10/1911am – 1pm Register here! What’s the Goal? The purpose of this mural is to activate […]

Revsied Dates Turtle Crossing II

Turtle Crossing II – Crosswalk Art Installation

STREET CLOSURE DATES: 10/17 – 10/19  If you remember last year, artists painted 52 turtles on the street to test […]

USA Today 10 Best 2022

USA TODAY: Manitou Springs is in Top 5 Best Small Town Arts Scenes in America

The final rankings were determined by a popular vote, which placed Manitou Springs as the 5th Best Small Town Arts Scene, up from 9th place last year. “It is an honor to be recognized alongside these other creative communities. The City of Manitou Springs flourishes because we continue to prioritize the arts in all that we do. We work hard to make creativity inclusive and accessible to everyone. Art transcends barriers and is a catalyst for unity. Join us in building a better world.,” said Manitou Springs city councilor and Manitou Art Center executive director Natalie Johnson.


Our Mission in Three Parts

1. ENHANCE: ECONOMIC VITALITY

Colorado's Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) certifies communities that contribute to the state’s economy through creativity, culture, and the arts. The program’s goal is to help communities increase jobs, incomes, and investments in creative places like Manitou Springs. During COVID, we've added an economic recovery focus.

2. INSPIRE: ARTISTS, CREATIVES, & VISITORS

Creativity drives us forward. Colorado is a global leader in the creative industries, which include design, film and media, heritage, writing and publishing, performing arts, culinary arts, and visual arts and crafts. We work closely with local partners to innovate and to create inspiration and opportunities for artists, creatives, and visitors.

3. PRESERVE: UNIQUE CULTURAL, HISTORICAL & NATURAL SETTING

Manitou Springs history is as rich and compelling as its natural beauty. We celebrate local charm and fresh ideas while preserving our unique cultural, historic, and natural setting. In embracing principles of sustainable cities, we strive for livability and environmental health.

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ARTISTS & DESIGNERS

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QUIRKY COVID-SAFE EVENTS

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STUDIOS, GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

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PUBLIC ART SCULPTURES & MURALS

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HISTORIC DISTRICT BUILDINGS & RESOURCES

Our Key Partners

The Creative District exists because these local entities came together to seek Colorado State certification. Without their continued partnership, we couldn't fulfill our mission.

City of Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs Arts Council

Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)