In June 2013, the North Fork Valley received CERTIFIED Creative District status from Colorado Creative Industries, a Division of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development & International Trade. Prior to receiving recognition of a Certified Creative District, the NFV entered the Colorado Creative District Program in March 2012 as an Emerging Creative District.
The North Fork Valley, along with the State of Colorado, recognizes that diversification of our industries is essential to a healthy economy, particularly in small towns. Also, we recognize that a community that is rich in arts, culture, and heritage is a thriving community where the quality of life is satisfying and the spirit of the people attracts visitors seeking a respite from their busy, chaotic day-to-day routines.
Being a Certified Creative District will draw attention to our local artists and the traditions that permeate our crafts and value-added agricultural products. In addition to having art that can be visited in galleries, studios or is present in our historic buildings in town, the North Fork Valley uniquely shares art that is tangible. Our art can be tasted, breathed, and felt.
North Fork Valley Creative District is a Colorado Certified Creative District
ABOUT COLORADO’S CREATIVE DISTRICT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
In 2011, the Colorado legislature passed HB11-1031 encouraging the formation of Creative Districts in communities, neighborhoods or contiguous geographic areas, for the purposes of:
- Attracting artists and creative entrepreneurs to a community, infusing new energy and innovation, which in turn will enhance the economic and civic capital of the community;
- Creating hubs of economic activity, thereby enhancing the area as an appealing place to live, visit and conduct business, as well as create new economic activity;
- Attracting visitors;
- Revitalizing and beautifying communities;
- Providing a focal point for celebrating and strengthening a community’s unique identity;
- Showcasing cultural and artistic organizations, events and amenities;
- Contributing to the development of healthy communities; and
- Improving the quality of life of the State’s residents.
The legislation charges Creative Industries with providing leadership and a helping hand to local communities desirous of developing their own creative district by certifying Creative Districts, offering available incentives to encourage business development, exploring new incentives that are directly related to creative enterprises, facilitating local access to State assistance, enhancing the visibility of Creative Districts, providing technical assistance and planning help, ensuring broad and equitable program benefits and fostering a supportive climate for arts and culture.
The legislation is written broadly enough to ensure that the Creative District concept is relevant to places large and small, urban and rural, well-established and new. Creative Districts are defined as contiguous area that includes a mix of uses within their boundaries and are typically small enough to be walk-able. All include a concentration of arts and cultural organizations and businesses, both nonprofit and for-profit. Most will incorporate complementary non-arts businesses such as restaurants, offices, retail stores, housing and lodging. All will be characterized by vigorous arts and cultural activity such as art walks and arts festivals. Often they will include community gathering places.
COLORADO CERTIFIED CREATIVE DISTRICTS:
Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) has certified seven Creative Districts.
These Districts have met the standards set by Creative Industries to be Colorado Certified.