Carbondale a creative district

Jun 17, 2016

The Rio Grande Trail between Snowmass Drive and Highway 133 is being turned into the Rio Grande ArtWay as part of Carbondale's Creative District plan.
Credit Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Carbondale is officially a Colorado Creative District. The announcement came yesterday. The town joins 12 existing creative districts in the state.

A Creative District is a town that has shown a dedication to the arts and the people, and businesses that work in them. The panel that reviewed the applicant towns judged the places on their unique locations, integration with the community and the endorsements of local governments.

Multiple groups in the town have been working to bolster its creative economies. Art is also being installed along the Rio Grande Trail.


Cities selected are eligible for up to $40,000 in state funding.


"These 2016 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live," said Governor John Hickenlooper in a press release.


Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Mancos and Fort Collins were also selected. The certification lasts five years.