In Greeley, Creative Economy Defies Expectations

Screen Shot 2016-07-30 at 10.08.52 PMA writer for Confluence Denver magazine called to see if we could spare some time to show/tell her about Greeley’s Creative District, so we spent about 4 hours or so effusing about our beloved Creative District, and taking her all around, following up with pictures, etc. So proud of our district and ALL the people that make things happen here!

Here’s the link to the story:

http://www.confluence-denver.com/features/greeley_creative_district_072716.aspx

World Record-Holder for Longest Chalk Pavement Art!!

2015 Great Greeley Chalk-A-Lot!

It’s official! The Guinness World Records Headquarters has declared Greeley as the new world record holder of the title of “Longest Chalk Pavement Art.”Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 3.56.44 PM

What this translates to is a chalk drawing of 6.56 feet wide by 18,761 feet long – 3.5532 miles to be exact. The record was attempted on September 12, 2015 at the University of Northern Colorado student center parking lots and adjacent city street.

Over 125 volunteers planned the event for more than 9 months leading up to the record attempt, which included

  • a way to carefully adhere to the Guinness World Record standards
  • find sponsors to underwrite the event
  • execute a community engagement strategy to encourage participation
  • secure chalk
  • hope for good weather
  • make it easy to take part
  • and then trust enough of the community would show up to draw.

And show up they did!

Over 3,500 community members came to draw. Some came to draw one “square” of the chalk art outline, others spent all day drawing many pictures. By the end of the day, a colorful mosaic of chalk drawings snaked through the parking lots and across the street, captured on impressive drone photos and video by Cloudgate, a local company.

The drawing was officially measured by Chuck Jones, a local surveyor, and adherence of the final artwork to the Guinness standards was confirmed by Emeritus Art Professor, Dik Munson.

Read More here and order your Official Participant Certificate from Guinness

order fun products here ….

or print your own commemorative card at this link

Halloween props, masks and monsters with Ed Edmunds

You have to love OUR Creative District– from artists, to dancers, to musicians to monster makers– we have it all! Another great video of our talent from Infusion 5. Thank you Colorado Creative Industries for these great videos!  http://infusion5.com/beyondthegallery/ed-edmunds/

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GCD Board Member Pam Bricker and DDA Team Rock the Greeley Creative District

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 3.52.01 PMI want to thank the Greeley Tribune for the great coverage on downtown in Sunday’s paper. At the Downtown Development Authority we are so grateful for all of the stories that you regularly write on downtown happenings.

Although I am proud to be the leader of the DDA, I compare my leadership to the conductor of a band. The conductor is an important role, but the conductor needs great musicians to create a fabulous performance.

My “first chair” musicians are my incredible staff: Bianca Fisher, associate director; Alison Hamling, director of experience; and Karen Baumgartner, administrative assistant (who keeps us all organized.) Without them working tirelessly with me, my band would be just a solo performance.

In addition, the “rhythm section” is my board of directors, chaired by Mr. Downtown himself, Bob Tointon, who leads an array of talented business and property owners who sit on our board. They are responsible for “the charts” that keep us on task by making wise financial decisions and planning for the future.

The “unsung heroes” are the downtown businesses who provide the products, the service, the food, the arts, and the music that makes downtown hum. Some of those have been around for over 100 years, but many have recently joined the band to attract new customers of all ages. As an entrepreneur myself, I know how hard it is to create a successful business and the long hours it takes to make it happen.

The DDA is eternally grateful to the city of Greeley, which provides the infrastructure (the chairs, music stands and stage) to make so much of what we do feasible. From the city and assistant city managers to the parks department, they provide street improvements, planter beds, property for development, space and support for events, artwork, parking needs, the Ice Haus, Union Colony Civic Center, museums, farmer’s market and so much more.

The city council provides an annual grant and two of their members serve on our board, as well as appoint all of our board members.

So many administrators, faculty, staff and students of the University of Northern Colorado have had a big hand in “playing the music,” literally and figuratively. We have such wonderful student talent performing in our Creative District, but also the interns, Bear Biz program, and overall support in so many ways has blended the University with our Community.

And to make downtown successful, it takes YOU, the audience to appreciate what we all do. Thank you for supporting our businesses and attending our events.

All together, we create a great band for the city of Greeley, and I am so fortunate to currently be conducting this fabulous group of people. I am also grateful to so many people before me who started the music and kept it playing. We’re looking forward to more progress as we create a new season with some exciting new developments in 2015-16.

Pam Bricker, is the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority and secretary of the Greeley Creative District Board.

Performance art and speed painting with Armando Silva

Zach Wolfson begins Season Three of his series Beyond the Gallery with Armando Silva, a performance artist in the Greeley Creative District.

As an artist, Armando wants to bring artwork where artwork is needed. Artwork shouldn’t be a destination. Creativity shouldn’t be in one specific place – it should be everywhere, and it should be unexpected.

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Greeley’s Jessica Cooney Chosen for Governor’s Creative Leadership Award

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Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) presented the 2015 Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards at the CCI Summit luncheon in Ft Collins on Friday, April 24th.

The winners are JESSICA COONEY OF GREELEY, Don Richmond of Alamosa, and Lissette Riviere of Montrose. 

The Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards honor Coloradans who have demonstrated a significant commitment to the state’s creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism including advocacy, vision, collaboration or innovation.

Cooney was nominated in the arts and social change category for her work as director of El Teatro, a multilingual, multicultural theatre program that helps new and growing refugee and immigrant populations assimilate in Northern Colorado. Her nomination was submitted by Becky Safarik on behalf of the Greeley Creative District Board.   

2015 Business for the Arts Awards: EY Next Wave Leadership Award Finalists

5c1uFCongratulations to Ely Corliss who was a finalist for the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts EY Next Wave Leadership Award. Ely is an active member of the GCD business community as owner of the Moxi Theatre and publisher of BandWagon magazine.  CBCA shared this video of the finalists at the annual awards luncheon in March.

https://youtu.be/E36iLay_0A4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WeldWerks Brewing Company joins downtown Greeley’s craft beer scene

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 8.55.37 AMLive music, a food truck and, of course, craft beer are just a few of the things Greeley residents can expect from WeldWerks Brewing Co., the newest addition to 8th Avenue and downtown Greeley.

WeldWerks, 508 8th Ave., is down the street from Patrick’s Irish Pub, 907 8th Ave., and Brix Taphouse and Brewery, 813 8th St., but rather than bringing competition, owners Neil Fisher and Colin Jones plan to bring camaraderie to the downtown area.

Although the brewery has been in the works since last summer, it officially opened Feb. 20. There will be a grand opening Saturday, March 7th with live music and food…Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.59.42 PM

Read the full story in the Greeley Tribune 

Dan Turnbeaugh is seen here

Greeley Chamber recognizes Colette Pitcher

Congratulations to GCD Board member Colette Pitcher!!  Here is an excerpt from the Greeley Tribune today:

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 5.33.06 PM  Colette Pitcher calls the newfound focus on the arts in Greeley a “renaissance of arts awareness.”

Pitcher opened Showcase Art Center, 1335 8th Ave., to fill a gap when a community arts center closed in Greeley in the early 1990s.

For her efforts, Pitcher found her way into the winner’s circle Thursday night in the Greeley Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. Pitcher and several other award winners were recognized at the Island Grove Events Center.

With the arts becoming more and more scarce in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Pitcher said it wasn’t always easy to own Showcase, but she always knew art was her calling.

“There’s a fate that drives my life and it keeps saying, ‘No, you will be an artist and nothing else,’ ” she said.

Pitcher said she thinks that the importance of the arts was lost for a short time, but that the industry is making a comeback nationwide.

Read the full story here:

http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/15095988-113/greeley-chamber-recognizes-colette-pitcher

So much to do in the Greeley Creative District!!

Greeley Downtown just posted their events newsletter, which includes activities in all of the GCD. Absolutely amazing how much is going on in the next couple of weeks. Food, craft beer, art, shopping, theatre, concerts – the list just goes on and on!  Check it out – get all the details here: http://www.greeleydowntown.com/blog/news/downtown-greeley-happenings-february-2-2015

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