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April 27: Manitou Made ShipStation eCommerce Efficiency Demo

Join us for an in-depth demonstration of Ship Station, an order management and ecommerce efficiency tool free to Manitou Made merchants and affordably priced for ecommerce use on other platforms. With ShipStation, sellers can manage orders on Shopify, Etsy, eBay, Squarespace, and more from one central place. We'll also talk about shipping best practices and make some time to share success stories. Hope you can join us!

Readers choice

Vote: Best Small Town Art Scene

Help us Win! Our arts scene make be compressed into a tight space, but that only brings our community closer together. If you also think that Manitou Springs has the best small town art scene in America, you can vote right here.

Third Friendliest City in America

Friendliest Cities in America

We're in the Top Three! Manitou Springs made headlines as Expedia.com announced its list of the 2021 Friendliest Cities in America. We're flattered, of course, and proud to see our community recognized for being its creative, collaborative, and authentic self.

City Zoning and Code Updates

Manitou Springs Code Updates

The City of Manitou Springs has begun the process of updating zoning and subdivision codes and your input is crucial to this process. Codes also help reduce health and environmental risks, so these updates affect public health and safety as well as the look and feel of the community.


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)