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News & Announcements

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.

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Iggy Igloo – Jonathan Ellis – Memorial Mural Project in Manitou Springs

Choose a Design Help choose the final mural design through Sunday, July 17, 2022. It’s our honor to serve the […]

Pollinator Friendly Blooms

Creative Alliance and Manitou Pollinators announce 2021 Pollination Station planter winners

As part of a pilot program matching community volunteers to 24 pollinator-friendly planters, the Manitou Pollinators and Creative Alliance Manitou […]

MACH Info Session

MACH Info Sessions 2022

Consider bookmarking the Manitou Arts Culture & Heritage (MACH) Board landing page as the best possible source of information including access to […]


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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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)