Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Media Contact: 
Christine Costello, 303-892-4065,
Office of: 
Economic Development and International Trade

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that the cities of Aspen and Pueblo are the recipients for the 2013 Governor’s Arts Award. The cities will be honored at the closing luncheon of the 2nd Annual Creative Industries Summit on April 12, 2013 in Pueblo.

“Congratulations to Aspen and Pueblo for their exceptional work in growing Colorado as a premier creative hub,” said Hickenlooper. “These cities’ commitment to investing in arts, creative industries and educating on the importance of the arts expands both cultures and our economies. We also want to thank the businesses and the entire communities of Aspen and Pueblo for supporting local artists and arts organizations.”

The annual Governor’s Arts Award recognizes a Colorado town or city for their collective efforts to enhance their community and their economy through strategic use of the arts. Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland and Pueblo City Council President Steve Nawrocki will be presented with the awards, which are original three-dimensional works by artist Michael Clapper of Denver. The artworks will hang in public locations in the respective cities, and a third work by Clapper will become part of the State’s public art collection.

“We’re incredibly honored to be the recipient of this year’s Governor's Art Award,” said Debbie Braun, president of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association. “The diverse and vibrant artistic and cultural scene in Aspen is one of the many things that sets us apart from other ski towns, and being recognized with such an award only encourages us to expand our artistic offerings to continue providing incredible, world-class experiences for both locals and tourists. And it truly is a community-wide effort here; every artist, nonprofit, and artistic organization in Aspen contributes to making this a special place to visit and live.”

“We are proud to be recognized with the 2013 Governor’s Art Award,” said Pueblo City Manager Sam Azad. “The Pueblo community is mindful of the colors that make our city thrive. Our residents have histories from cultures around the world that have directed and enriched our lives. Our city and the Pueblo Creative Corridor pay homage to the many and varied influences in our lives. In Pueblo, art is the cord that ties us to our past and links us to our future. "

Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, annually convenes a panel to review nominations. In selecting Aspen and Pueblo as the recipients, the review panel commended Aspen for their unparalleled long-term commitment to the arts and Pueblo for leveraging the arts to revitalize their community. The other nominated cities were Lone Tree, Broomfield and Colorado Springs.

Colorado Creative Industries combines state funds with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life. For more information and to register for the Creative Industries Summit, visit