Creative District Program

Creative Districts

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In 2011, the Colorado legislature passed and Governor Hickenlooper signed into law 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.

Creative District Community Loan Fund

In 2014, the Colorado legislature passed and Governor Hickenlooper signed into law HB14-1093 creating the formation of a creative district community loan fund to promote growth and sustainability in the creative industries in Colorado’s creative districts by providing access to capital to grow creative sector employment and infrastructure. 


Boettcher FoundationThe Boettcher Foundation is a partner of Colorado Creative Industries in establishing and supporting the Colorado Creative District Program. Founded by the Boettcher Family in 1937 to effectively assist, encourage and promote a better quality of life for the citizens of Colorado, the Boettcher Foundation invests in Colorado through “minds and mortar.” The Foundation funds Scholarships, biomedical research and teacher training, as well as capital grants for nonprofits. For more information, visit