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The City of Salida and the Salida Creative District announced on Friday that the nonprofit organization known as Artspace will present the results of the Space to Create Market Survey Findings to the Salida City Council during a work session beginning at 6:00 p.m. August 15 in Council Chambers, located at 448 E. First Street.

Artspace, a nonprofit developer of creative spaces nationwide, conducted a major online survey of artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses from January 19 to March 19. The purpose: to determine space needs for area artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses.

The online survey collected data to determine the size and nature of the market for an Artspace affordable, mixed-use live/work project in Salida. The eight-week survey launched with an informational meeting for the public on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

The meeting was open to all artists, creatives, arts organizations, and creative businesses, and provided an opportunity for those in the creative fields to learn more about this important initiative.

The survey results will help Artspace to identify the types and number of spaces needed by Salida creatives, the amenities, and special features that are of interest to them.

The State of Colorado spearheaded Space to Create Colorado, a multi-agency, public-private partnership to drive economic development through the arts in rural and mountain communities, based upon the Artspace Loveland Arts Campus. Governor Hickenlooper announced the $45 million program, which is the nation’s first state-driven initiative for affordable housing for artists and creatives.

This plan is set to span eight regions across Colorado; one town in each region will receive an arts facility, with Artspace involved as the lead nonprofit consultant and development partner.

Salida is one of eight towns selected to participate in both the Preliminary Feasibility and Arts Market studies. The towns of Trinidad, Ridgway, and Paonia have all been selected for their respective regions and have completed or are breaking ground on their respective projects through this program.

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Artspace, in existence for more than 30 years, has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation and others as an inspiration for the creative placemaking movement. It has brought its hard-earned expertise to more than 200 cultural facility planning efforts coast to coast.

To date, Artspace has completed more than fifteen hundred live/work units for artists and their families as well as more than a million square feet of non-residential space for artists and arts organizations. Additional information is available at

Those interested in attending this portion of the City Council Work Session can register at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.