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What is an Arts District?

Also known as a Creative or Cultural District...

"An Arts District is a demarcated urban area, usually on the periphery of a city center, intended to create a 'critical mass' of places of cultural consumption - such as art galleries, dance clubs, theatres, art cinemas, music venues, and public squares for performances." (Wikipedia)

"Cultural districts often include designated spaces for individual artists who are interested in locating in a district. These spaces may include gallery spaces, exhibit spaces, and artist live/work spaces." (

In Colorado, our state supports Arts & Culture esthetically and as a commercial commodity!

Our goal is to become one of Colorado’s certified Creative Districts through Colorado Creative Industries. Colorado Creative Industries' vision is to support and expand the impact of creative industries, artists and entrepreneurs, connecting communities to advance a thriving and vibrant Colorado. (

We can only get there with your help!

Who benefits from Arts Districts?

"While more intentionally planned arts districts lack some of the character and authenticity of organically developed districts, ... they are far more sustainable for both the arts and the development of the city. A lengthy planning phase and the investment of time and energy from a wide range of individuals and organizations can create a cultural district that has a stable financial foundation as well as a focused value on the content and partnership that the arts provide." (

“The Colorado Creative District Certification process focuses on defining specific geographic areas that can attract artists and creative entrepreneurs to a community, infuse new energy and innovation and enhance economic and civic capital. Creative Districts are hubs of economic activity, enhancing the area as an appealing place to live, visit and conduct business, as well as generate new economic activity. Program support offers selected communities’ access to financial and technical support and networking and training programs. Primary recipients are Colorado communities, including local government entities and nonprofit cultural organizations within and surrounding the Certified Creative Districts.”



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"In The Booth" - Our Board of Directors

Deven Shaff - President


Husband to one; Father to two; City Councilmember of Broomfield. Former opera singer of many stages. Procrastination expert. Still trying to break up with my millennial self. Perhaps I can start that tomorrow, or maybe the next day...  

V-President - Mary Wilkie


Thespian / Formerly Chair of Broomfield Cultural Council / Current Backstory Theater  Executive Director / Community Advocate / TAD Events Coordinator-Organizer & Grants 

Secretary - KC Lancaster


Artist & Writer / Former BOD Member of Broomfield Council on the Arts & Humanities / Chair on Public Art Committee / TAD website & publications / Owner & Operator Kirin Graphics, LLC. 

Treasurer - Chris Lancaster


Entrepreneur with volunteer experience with the Society for Creative Anachronism / Owner & Manager of Kirin Games, LLC. 

Member-Joe Ziegler


Artist & Musician / Former President of the Broomfield Art Guild / TAD Civic Center Developer Liaison and Artist Group Relations Director / Owner & Operator Joe Ziegler Art 

Arts District Mentor - Jack Pappalardo


Nonprofit & Arts Professional /  Former President of the  Arts District on Santa Fe Board / Skills: Community redevelopment, arts advocate, teaming with city agencies, arts and tourism groups.