WHAT'S NEW IN THE DISTRICT?

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News & Announcements

Day of Friendship

Inaugural Day of Friendship

INAUGURAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP CELEBRATION: Schryver Park, 10AM-2PM Community members can connect with each other, enjoy live music and poetry […]

Pollination Station Planter Mockup

Pollination Station Planters Ready for Adoption

The Manitou Pollinators and the Manitou Springs Creative District are pleased to announce the launch of their Pollination Station Planter Adoption Program aimed at beautifying the Manitou Avenue streetscape with food sources for critical local pollinators like butterflies, moths, and bees.

Spirit of Manitou Sculpture

Manitou Springs Creative District Recognized in Top 10 Best Small Town Arts Scenes in America

Manitou Springs, CO – The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Manitou Springs Creative District, and City of Manitou Springs are thrilled […]

creative circuit first friday

Manitou Springs, Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, partner to launch the Avenue Creative Circuit

The #CreativeCircuit celebrates 6 miles of outstanding arts and culture experiences Pikes Peak Region, CO – Debuting today, the Avenue […]


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)