LOCATE YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS IN THE PUEBLO CREATIVE CORRIDOR
The Pueblo Creative Corridor—Art and Business Unite.
The recently developed and ever-evolving Creative Corridor is focused around the three historic city centers of Pueblo: Downtown Main Street, Union Avenue Historic District and the Mesa Junction. Each retains its uniqueness while collaborating for maximum effectiveness. The Creative Corridor attracts artists, creative entrepreneurs and visitors as a strategy to infuse new energy and innovation and enhance the economic and civic capital of the community.
The creative industry in Pueblo is booming. We offer many creative diversions: design, literary and publishing, film and media, performing arts, visual arts and crafts and heritage. In fact, the number of jobs in creative enterprises ranks it as the fifth largest cluster of the Colorado economy. Among all states in the U.S., Colorado ranks fifth in concentration of creative occupations including architects, artists, writers, designers, directors, performers and photographers.
Why Locate to the Pueblo Creative Corridor?
Because it is a hub of economic activity where creative industries enhance and produce an appealing place to live, visit and conduct business. The visual arts are woven into the daily lives of Puebloans with outdoor sculptures located Downtown, on the Riverwalk, at the library and at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. The 177,000 square feet of artwork painted on the 65-foot-tall Arkansas River Levee is considered the largest mural in the world and offers an artistic corridor for Pueblo’s world-class urban kayak course. This iconic art is accessible, inviting and imaginative, while sending a visual reminder to Puebloans and visitors alike that our community encourages and values the arts.
Pueblo is endowed with the musical talents of the Pueblo Symphony, Pueblo Municipal Band, Pueblo Children’s Chorale, the world-renowned Veronika String Quartet and many “locally grown” musicians. These local performance artists—the Steel City Theater Company, Impossible Players and Damon Runyon Theatre, and folk arts organizations such as the Grupo Folklórico del Pueblo and the Okolitza Tamburitzans—play to sell-out crowds year after year. Three generations of Pueblo students have participated in the Summer Musical and the annual holiday Nutcracker production. The Pueblo Performing Arts Guild (PPAG) actively organizes, promotes and coordinates events for the arts groups and administers the Creative Corridor.
What Business Incentives Does Pueblo Provide?
- Pueblo Urban Renewal Loan Guarantee Program & Property Improvement Program
- Small Business Development Center State Initiative Support for Creative Districts and Creative Businesses
- Creative Industry Loan Opportunities through CHFA, ACCION and SBDC Programs
- Pueblo City Center Partnership Fast Track Program to help expedite business start-up permits
- Networking Support from Members of the Pueblo Creative Corridor
A History Rich in Cultural Tapestry.
In 2012, the partnership of the Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority (PURA), the City of Pueblo, PPAG and more than 60 creative industry members launched the Pueblo Creative Corridor. The partners share a common goal of enriching the quality of life for residents, improving the livability in the downtown area, increasing private investment in retail and residential living and increasing the city’s tax revenue. This is evident in Pueblo’s success in receiving the Governor’s Arts Award in 2013. 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—Pueblo was commended for leveraging the arts to revitalize its community.
For example, private galleries in the Main Street and Union Avenue Historic District alone are within easy walking distance of the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center galleries and five other museums featuring local, regional and state history. Recent multi-unit residential developments in the Creative Corridor were designed to capitalize on the proximity of these cultural elements, which are vital to the continuing redevelopment of the area.
Pueblo—Creative. Historic. Artistic.
Pueblo City and County government and agencies have an extended history of supporting arts and culture in Pueblo. The Riverwalk and Arts Center are funded directly within the City and County Budgets. Others like the Pueblo Symphony and El Pueblo History Museum programs are funded through grants by the Community Services Advisory Commission. The Pueblo Library District is funded through a voter-approved property tax. The $10M Memorial Hall Theater renovation is funded by a voter-approved bond issue.
PURA and the City Planning and Development Department established a united vision for urban design standards in 1995 with unified aesthetic and arts centric elements evident in newly constructed municipal buildings and private developments. In 2012, Pueblo City Council passed a resolution supporting the formation of a Colorado Creative District.
As a community, we are united in our belief that Pueblo’s history and diverse cultural influences combine to make our community culture unique. The arts are a focal point in the development of that cohesive culture as well as a vital element in our continuing redevelopment efforts.
PUEBLO CREATIVE CORRIDOR—TOURISM RICH IN CULTURE AND ART
Searching for a new place to visit? A locale that is: Creative. Historic. Artistic. Look to Pueblo.
There’s plenty to explore in Pueblo’s Creative Corridor. Art. Music. Dance. Over an easily navigated area, the Corridor is packed with galleries, museums, street sculptures and fountains, cafés and live music—all ready to challenge your imagination and inspire your visit.
Mesa Junction—Quaint and Artistic.
On the south end of the Creative Corridor is Mesa Junction. The Rawlings Library offers cultural, literary and heritage events throughout the year and it is the primary reason that Pueblo was ranked ninth for Book Loving Cities in the Nation in 2011, and 2010 Colorado’s Best Library of the Year. The Rawlings Public Library and Info Zone Museum feature local artist’s exhibits, cultural activities and the best modern architecture in southeastern Colorado. This quaint residential neighborhood is home to many nationally known studio artists, galleries, cafés and book shops. A taste of these include: Cup & Bowl Ceramic Art Studio and Gallery, Broadway Cup ‘n Cork, Books Again, Sculpture @ 222 and Lane’s House of Glass.
First Friday Art Walks every month of the year and Street Beat performances from May to September are just some of the many special activities that abound. Add to that carriage rides, bicycling events, walking tours, poetry readings, street performances and live art demonstrations and we think you may want to stay a bit longer. In addition, there are two well-known festivals each year: the Chile & Frijoles Festival, with more than 100,000 attendees, and the newer Wild, Wild West Fest. Other heritage events take place, such as Ghost Walks and the Yule Love It Downtown, Holiday Art & Shopping Crawl.
Theatre Arts Abound.
Local performance artists—the Steel City Theater Company, Impossible Players and Damon Runyon Theatre, and folk arts organizations such as the Grupo Folklórico del Pueblo and the Okolitza Tamburitzans—play to sell-out crowds year after year. Three generations of Pueblo students have participated in the Summer Musical and the annual holiday Nutcracker production. Pueblo is endowed with the musical talents of the Pueblo Symphony, Pueblo Municipal Band, Pueblo Children’s Chorale, the world-renowned Veronika String Quartet and many other “locally grown” musicians.
Pueblo—Rich Cultural History.
Pueblo has a multi-ethnic heritage that attributes its diversity to its geographic location along the Arkansas River (pre-1848 U.S. border) and immigration for the steel mill production. Our community prides itself on the authenticity of our Italian, Greek, Croatian, Polish, Irish, German and African-American cultural heritage attractions, events, food and traditions. As a community rooted in the history of New Spain and the American southwest, we celebrate the Latino traditions of El Mercado, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead activities), La Posada holiday procession, mariachi, literature, language, design, music and folklórico.
Come work. Come play. Come Invest. Come Explore Pueblo.