Since fall 2014, Estes Park art businesses and organizations have been meeting to form a new art association — the Estes Arts District. The purpose of the association is to promote and support existing art organizations, art businesses plus the many individual artists, musicians, singers, dancers and actors in our community and eventually meet state requirements from the Colorado Department of Tourism’s Colorado Creative Industries for certification.
“Estes Park has an incredible arts community,” says Cydney Springer, Chairman of the Estes Arts District Task Force, “we just don’t tell our story. This organization will serve
Estes and the surrounding area so outlying cultural assets like The Rocky Ridge Music Center and others are not left out.”
Initially, a Task Force of art businesses and art organizations is working to determine the sustainable structure for a community art association. The Colorado Department of Tourism’s Colorado Creative Industries is providing a wealth of information and support.
Also, our neighboring Creative Arts Districts are generously offering advice and assistance. Taking the time to research what has worked for other towns/cities has been invaluable.
The Estes Arts District joined Estes Valley Partners for Commerce as a special interest group last month. This allows the Estes Arts District to have temporary non-profit status, website exposure and to build an art calendar.
The City of Loveland gifted the Estes Arts District with a partial fee for a strategic planning consultant, Marcie Erion. The remainder of this fee was gifted by the Town of Estes Park. Marcie, who is a certified Creative Arts District consultant, has worked with several Colorado communities to build a thriving arts community and achieve the Creative Arts District certification.
On March 23, Estes Arts District had its first community wide meeting for public input. That information is providing the Task Force with the information to create a mission statement and a vision statement for the organization. Now the goal of the Task Force is to create a sustainable model for an arts organization that will serve the arts community and the general public for years to come. Once that model has been created, the public will once again weigh in on its final design.