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The City of Salida and the Salida Creative District announced on Thursday that they are hosting a virtual public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 on Zoom to determine live/work space needs for area artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses.

An online survey will be launched the same day as the public meeting, which will run for eight weeks, from Jan. 19 through March 2. When the survey opens, it can be taken at

The survey will be conducted by Artspace, a nonprofit developer of creative art spaces across the nation, which will collect data to help the city determine the size and nature of the local marketplace for an Artspace mixed-use community. Salida is already the home of Colorado’s first Creative District, and has a committed and active Salida Council for the Arts.

Anyone interested in the arts or supportive of the arts is invited to attend the virtual public meeting. The idea behind this effort originated with the Artspace Loveland Arts Campus. The state of Colorado spearheaded the “Space to create” project to support the arts, setting aside live/work space for working artists and arts organizations.

While he was still governor, Senator John Hickenlooper set up and announced the program in Colorado, which sets aside $45 million in support, with an emphasis on supporting the arts in rural and mountain regions.

Eight regions with arts districts were selected to participate. Salida, with an established historic arts district, represents one of the eight regions to participate in the Preliminary Feasibility study and the Arts Market survey.

One town in each region will receive an arts facility. Trinidad, Paonia, and Ridgeway have been selected for their respective regions.

Those seeking to attend the meeting should register at by Jan. 18 to receive the zoom link invite.

Colorado’s Artspace program has received commendations from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation. In existence across the nation for the past 30 years, the Artspace effort has been the driving force behind the creation of more than 1,500 live/work arts spaces to support the creative arts. For more information about the program go to