As a state-designated Creative District, the Manitou Springs Creative District supports Economic Development through the Creative Industries. They make sure artists and creative solutions are a part of the Manitou Springs master plan. They partner with the City of Manitou Springs, the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau, and Office of Economic Development, the Urban Renewal Authority Board and other community groups to accomplish city-wide endeavors to support artists and quality of life in Manitou Springs. The board meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at the MAC. Here’s a sample of projects supported by the Manitou Springs Creative District:
CITY-WIDE CREEK WALK
Voted the #1 priority in the POST plan (PARAB & OSAC) and an important part of Plan Manitou, the development of a City-wide Creek Walk is in the works. The Creative District will support this effort through grant-writing and involve creatives in the design process. Imagine a multi-themed outdoor experience that incorporates nature, health & wellness, artistic elements and an alternate way to safely navigate our community!
Recognizing its economic development potential, the Manitou Springs Creative District is coordinating this effort as a mechanism to support many of the tech-related Creative Industries in our community. We have taken the lead on this project and are working closely with HR Green to “light-up” our part of the world.
ART ON THE AVENUE and THE FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
Coordinated through the Downtown Partnership, Art on the Avenue is the equivalent to the Art on the Streets program in Colorado Springs. It happens the first Friday of each month and includes most of the galleries in Manitou Springs
Art and theater programming for kids in the Pikes Peak region—they do great things!
A Manitou Springs School District 14 program. Kids and adults in the Pikes Peak region are invited to participate in dozens of creative programming from theater classes to fencing to music courses.