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/
I 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.
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.
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.
Congratulations 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.
Congratulations to GCD Board member Colette Pitcher!! Here is an excerpt from the Greeley Tribune today:
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:
Greeley Unexpected blogger Bryan Bean just shared this great information:
It’s no surprise to many of us that live Colorado that a recent survey ranked our state number-one for participation in the arts. A ranking like that shows that there is not just one or two cities showcasing creativity, but cities all over the state. Greeley is certainly doing its share to help add to the vibrant arts scene that Colorado has to offer.
The National Endowment for the Arts conducted the nation’s largest survey of public participation in the arts to discover what kinds of art forms and activities people actually engage with. The Denver Post reports that the survey results put Colorado well-ahead of most other states in participation; with 52% of adults in Colorado attending live performance arts events and 59.2% attending visual arts events. (Both of those are more than 14% above the national average.) The Post also reported the staggering fact that Coloradans attend classical concerts, dance performances and nonmusical plays nearly twice the rate of the average American!
The top three states for adult attendance of performance arts were:
- Colorado 52%
- North Dakota 51%
- Maryland 48%
Read Bryan’s whole article here:
Local artist and GCD Board member Armando Silva is teaching an after school enrichment class at Bella Romero. In this video he discusses the transformative potential of the experience…
A cultural rebirth of Greeley’s downtown core is happening before our very eyes, according to downtown and city officials.
Becky Safarik, the assistant city manager, said that she calls this time a “downtown renaissance,” because the downtown, which is a big part of Greeley’s history, is being revitalized and remembered after many years of sitting in the shadows.
“It has ignited the spark that allowed private individuals and businesses to reinvest in the downtown and rediscover the downtown area,” she said. “And the destinations are so distinctive you only find them in the downtown.”
As it stands, there are only three spots left for businesses to locate downtown, a huge turning point in an area that years ago could barely sustain a new business for two years.
Read the full story in the Greeley Tribune
The AgriCulture Fest and Feast held in Greeley in August received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative. The award was presented to event representatives at a dinner held October 30 during the 2014 Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference in Westminster. This highly competitive award was one of only six awards presented that evening.
The Outstanding Initiative Award acknowledges an activity, event, or project undertaken by a community or region to promote tourism in Colorado. The newly created AgriCULTURE Fest and Feast is collaboration between the Greeley Creative District, The Tribune and the Greeley Downtown Development Authority. The steering committee also included representatives from The City of Greeley, The Greeley Farmer’s Market, The University of Northern Colorado, members of the agricultural and culinary arts community, and more.
“This is an outstanding example of the spirit & the core of the Greeley community. The timing of this event was ideal for aligning shared goals & visions of the DDA, GCD & The Tribune. It is an honor to stand side by side by as partners with Greeley elevated as an example to our state that is full of amazing tourism experiences,” said Emily V Tilton, Event Producer with The Tribune. “Connecting the community in a collaborative production focused on the roots & the growing strengths of the people of Greeley resulted in a diverse experience shared by neighbors from across the county. Recognition for celebrating who we are as a community speaks volumes to our original goals. The spirit of AgriCulture Fest and Feast is still alive and will continue to grow with each new season.”
As a celebration of Greeley and Weld County’s agricultural roots and heritage, the daytime segment featured a petting zoo, tractor show, gardening and growing demonstrations, hay wagon rides, a history and heritage area, and booths representing many ag producers such as Northern Colorado Feed and Bean, Grant Farms, The Water Conservancy, 4 Rivers Equipment, and many more. The Tribune’s Event Producer, Emily V Tilton, spearheaded the efforts of the daytime festivities, while the Greeley Creative District organized the evening’s ticketed dinner for 250 attendees.
Throughout the day, visitors enjoyed entertainment from “The Green Bean Boys,” “The Tumbleyweeds”, “Colorado Rose”, “Merry Mixers Square Dancers,” and chamber players from the Greeley Philharmonic, among others.
The evening event was a ticketed sit-down dinner for 250 people and served as a fundraiser for the Creative District. Close to 100% of the food was procured from Weld County producers. Including 295 pounds of New York Strip steak from JBS Swift, Seven local chefs showed off their culinary skills with each preparing one or two courses. The dinner was served family, or “harvest” style in a “farm to table” like setting, but in an urban environment under the twinkling lights of the 8th St. plaza in downtown Greeley.
“We are extremely proud and honored to have received such a prestigious award for an event that is basically in its infancy” said Alison Hamling of the Greeley Creative District and the DDA. “our collaborative efforts and the way we celebrated our local growers and agricultural history made it so special and unique.”
For more information please contact Alison Hamling at 970-356-6775 or Emily Tilton at (970) 392-4450