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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Chalk-a-lot Event a Great Success!

More than 2000 people enjoyed a great day on Saturday, September 6, as Greeley attempted a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous chalk drawing.  3.7 miles of connected 6.6 foot squares was the recording-breaking goal.  We made it to 1.5 miles and approximately 1400 squares–an American record at least, if not the world record!

Most importantly, everyone that participated had so much fun!  We all enjoyed a beautiful sunny day, music, making new friends and laughing with long-time friends and neighbors, all the while creating an amazing trail of nature-themed, brightly colored designs.  It was truly a fantastic community gathering.

See photos on our Facebook page 

Tribune Opinion: Block Party is music to our ears…

Welcome back, University of Northern Colorado students. Here’s more than 40 bands as a present.

The annual Greeley Block Party, hosted by Ely Corliss, owner of the Moxi Theater, should show UNC students that downtown is a fun place to visit.

Some of those bands will appear in Greeley’s downtown establishments, as well as the 9th Street Plaza. It starts at 5 tonight and all of it is free. What better way for downtown to show off his feathers?

About 4,500 attended the Block Party last year, and it’s not just for UNC students. As a bonus, Greeley residents get to enjoy the bands, as well. Therefore, we’re all for anyone reaching out to UNC by offering a bunch of great bands. That benefits the rest of us, as well.

Get out your chalk and get ready to draw

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Greeley residents will try to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous chalk art drawing on Saturday, and we hope they succeed.

But even if they don’t, that’s all right. It should be a fun event for everyone involved.

The goal of the city’s first Chalk A Lot event is a drawing 3.7 miles long. The University of Northern Colorado is providing a spot on campus, and organizers are hopeful many students will participate.

The Chalk A Lot is a great way to draw public attention to Greeley’s Creative District.

“It was cheap, free and something fun and a little out of the ordinary,” Greeley Assistant City Manager Becky Safarik said of sponsoring the event, which cost the city about $8,000.

Greeley may make the Chalk A Lot an annual event if it turns out to be popular. We hope so, because it sounds like it will be a blast.

from the Greeley Tribune, September 4th, 2014

Downtown Colorado, Inc. Announces 2014 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence

Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) just announced the 2014 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence recipients. And there we were!!

  • 2014 Colorful Colorado: Greeley Creative District. The Colorful Colorado Award is given to an exciting, inspiring, creative, fun or effective project that the judges wish to recognize beyond the scope of the original nomination category. This high honor is reserved for projects which transcend multiple award categories to demonstrate an exceptional contribution to the community’s vitality. The Greeley Creative District demonstrated exemplary work in regional collaboration, promotional events, and community creativity.

All Governor’s Awards winners will be honored at the 2014 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence Ceremony and Best of Fort Collins Festival on September 11, 2014, which will be held during DCI’s Vibrant Colorado Downtowns Conference in Fort Collins.

Since 2003, the Governor’s Awards has recognized outstanding projects and people that reflect an attitude of perseverance and dedication to community revitalization in Colorado. All 2014 nominated projects were completed between September 1, 2010 and May 30, 2014.

This year’s nominees represent some of Colorado’s best contributions to vibrant local communities,” said Katherine Correll, executive director, Downtown Colorado, Inc. “On behalf of DCI members, board of directors, and staff, we congratulate the winners and all of the nominees for excellent work to enhance Colorado’s commercial districts.”

Photos of the winning projects, along with accompanying details, are also being featured on DCI’s Facebook page, where members will have a chance to vote for their favorite projects. The people’s choice winner, based on the number of “likes” given to each project on Facebook, will receive special accolades.

View further details on the Governor’s Awards Reception and Best of Fort Collins Festival here.