The president of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe said the area wasn’t considered a cultural destination when a museum, a theater and about a dozen art galleries joined together in 2003.
“We had to go about changing that impression,” said Jack Pappalardo, president of the district. “Since, we have grown to 67 dues-paying members, which is a tremendous buy-in.”
District officials are planning for further growth, as they have expanded the boundaries from 6th and 10th avenues to Alameda and 14th avenues.
Now, a new program this year aims to assist burgeoning creative districts statewide. The Colorado Creative Industries Council on Friday, March 9, is expected to designate two as officially recognized creative districts, which will receive $15,000 grants and other assistance. Another 13 will be selected as potential or emerging districts, receiving $8,000 or $2,000, respectively.