What is the Creative District?
About the Manitou Springs Creative District
Manitou Springs Creative District (MSCD) supports economic development through the Creative Industries. In partnership with key stakeholders, MSCD enhances the economic vitality of the community by inspiring artists, creatives, and visitors, while preserving the community’s unique cultural, historic, and natural setting.
Manitou Springs earned Colorado Creative District designation in 2016. The certification and reporting process quantifies the richness and density of arts nonprofits, programs, and creative industries in a proposed area in addition to the level of investment in community development as a whole.
Colorado Creative District Program
A division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development, Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) is proud to administer the Colorado Creative District Program. The Creative District enabling legislation passed in 2011 (HB11-1031) and in 2013 (HB13-1208) offers vetted districts access to grant funding, tailored technical assistance, networking and training programs and access to advocacy tools. The Boettcher Foundation is a partner of the CCI in establishing the Colorado Creative Districts Program. Since July of 2012, CCI has supported the development of Creative Districts across the state to:
- Create hubs and clusters of economic activity
- Promote a community’s unique identity
- Enhance areas as appealing places to live, conduct business and attract visitors
What Does the Creative District Do?
HOW WE WORK
PARTNERSHIPS ARE EVERYTHING
The Creative District by definition can’t work alone — We work through community partnerships that activate both public and private assets. We build and support programs that connect arts, cultural, and heritage projects with businesses and community development efforts. All of our projects and programs are the result of needs indicated by our artists, creative nonprofits and gallery owners. We strive to build investment in our creative community: One hundred percent of our artists are compensated for their work.
The Manitou Springs Creative District is funded primarily by the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development through partnership with the City of Manitou Springs. We operate as a State-Certified Colorado Creative District under the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). 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.