Preserve Durango's uniqueness

To the editor,

Over the past year, citizens throughout our town worked to develop an application to have Durango certified as a Colorado Creative District, as defined by Colorado Creative Industries and the Colorado State Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Though a mouthful, the Durango Creative District effort was developed through communitywide, grassroots efforts through over 40 meetings, 686 individual engagements and online surveys, led by Local First and community volunteers.

Recently, Durango submitted its application to certify the Durango Creative District. The question is: “Why is this important for Durango?”

Many things make Durango unique, including our culture, music, shops, galleries, food, beer, artists, writers, poets, crafts people, students, teachers, entrepreneurs and our creators of all kinds. All make this an amazing place to live and visit. The Creative District is not just about art. It encompasses different industries such as culinary arts, trails, galleries, museums, manufacturing, performance venues, hotels and anything that is made or produced here locally, whether by hand or in the mind.

With population growth comes the potential for a community to lose its identity. By becoming a Colorado designated Creative District, our uniqueness is preserved, our creativity is promoted and a place for creativity to grow is protected. To learn more, attend a Creative Connection Hour held every other month. The next one is Wed., Dec. 4 at the Durango Arts Center, from 5-7 p.m. Learn about and celebrate our creative economy with your support.

– Charles Leslie, Creative District Steering Committee, Durango