WHAT'S NEW IN THE DISTRICT?

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News & Announcements

Emergency food distribution

Emergency Food Distribution

During difficult times, getting help with groceries isn't about a hand out -- it's a hand up. There will be an emergency food distribution, hosted by Care and Share, at the Pool and Fitness Center (202 Manitou Avenue). This distribution will take place on Tuesday, March 2, at 12:30PM-1:30PM. Future food distributions will be held on Tuesday, April 6th and Tuesday, May 4th.

Takeout Tables downtown

Takeout Tables Support Restaurants & Cafes Downtown

Capitalizing on public spaces to keep the local economy strong, the Creative District is partnering with the City of Manitou Springs and the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce to create additional outdoor seating for people supporting local restaurants and cafes. With three borrowed tables from the Manitou Art Center already placed in Shoshone Park, we're looking to expand the program with additional

Colorado Art Relief Grants

Support for Artists and Venues

The Colorado Arts Relief Fund provides $7.5 million to support arts, cultural and entertainment artists, crew members, and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding through this bill will be distributed through two separate grant applications: Colorado Arts Relief—Business and Organization Colorado Arts Relief—Individuals

Spirit of Manitou Sculpture

Spirit of Manitou Sculpture by Jodie Bliss

This new piece is funded by the Manitou Springs Urban Renewal Authority’s $250,000 commitment to public art within the Urban Overlay Zone, which stretches from the gateway entrance to Manitou Springs to the intersection of Manitou Avenue and US Highway 24. This represents a small piece of the MSURA’s million dollar plus investment in the  Avenue Action project, which has recently completed flood mitigation, road improvements and expansions to multimodal access to the area.


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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BARS, RESTAURANTS & CAFES

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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)