Colorado Creative Industries
Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) believes in the power of creativity to inspire human connections, create social change, and support economic vibrancy throughout Colorado. We focus on strengthening the vitality of visual, performing, and literary arts through promotion, resources, and funding opportunities.
Our mission is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life. The creative economy subgroups are design, film and media, literary and publishing, performing arts, visual arts and design, and heritage.
Colorado ranks number 1 in the percentage of residents who personally perform or create artworks, according to the National Endowment for the Arts' Participation Study.
Colorado is recognized as a premier creative hub and a home for world-class creative businesses, productions, and experiences. It's our goal to make sure all Coloradans will have access to creative environments and experiences while preserving the state's unique cultural heritage.
Programs and Funding
Grants and Awards
These programs provide funding, support and recognition for artists, creative business and organizations.
- Arts in Society Grant
- Creative Career Advancement Grant
- Colorado Creates Grant
- Colorado Poet Laureate
- Governor’s Creative Leadership Award
Community and Economic Development
These programs work to develop sustainable communities through job creation, creative placemaking, leadership development and arts at the intersection of social issues.
- Colorado Change Leader Program
- Colorado Creative Districts
- Creative Forces Program
- Space to Create Colorado
These collaborative programs support arts education, community music programs and more.
These programs activate public spaces, address public safety issues, engender civic pride and make art available to all citizens.