Carbondale to host 2016 Creative Industries Summit |

Carbondale to host 2016 Creative Industries Summit

Jessica Cabe
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
"Ernesto," a bison made of metal and wood by James Burnes of New Mexico, will remain in Carbondale permanently.
Courtesy Photo / Post Independent File |

Carbondale is making a name for itself for having one of the most vibrant art scenes in the state. The latest example of the town’s place on the art map will bring around 400 Coloradans to Carbondale for the 2016 Colorado Creative Industries Summit.

The summit will take place May 4 through 6, featuring workshops, art, lectures and networking opportunities. Attendees will include nonprofit workers, artists, government officials and entrepreneurs. Carbondale beat out six other contenders: Aurora, Crested Butte, Preston, Evergreen, Manitou Springs and Mancos.

“This will bring some visibility to the great art happenings we have,” said Deb Colley, operations manager of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, which is responsible for bringing the summit to town. “It’s certainly going to bring a lot of energy and commerce, and there’s a lot of diverse information sharing that happens.”

This year’s summit took place April 22 through 24 in Fort Collins. The National Endowment for the Arts was present as well as Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison, Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia and national touring group Head for the Hills.

Issues discussed this year included artist spaces and projects that would add to the vibrancy of Colorado’s Creative Districts, of which Carbondale is one.

Next year’s conference in Carbondale will be based at The Orchard with satellite events all over town. Colley said she hopes to highlight the Launchpad, the Third Street Center, Dolores Way Creative Zone and local businesses downtown. While there are no concrete plans for events just yet, she said the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is working with Colorado Creative Industries to plan out all the details.

“Dance hasn’t really had a big presence at the summits, so it would be cool to highlight that more,” she said.

This will be the first time Carbondale hosts the summit. Colley said the idea to submit a proposal came last year when Colorado Creative Industries hosted a Colorado Creates Grant panel at the Third Street Center.