Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) Summit May 1-2 in Salida

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), will bring their annual Summit to Salida Thursday & Friday, May 1-2, 2014.  The 3rd annual event is a two-day conference that will bring approximately 300 creative entrepreneurs, emerging creatives, municipal and non-profit cultural workers, and creative district leaders to Salida.

The theme, Creative Convergence, focuses around the concept of collective impact, and will explore ways to coordinate efforts and work toward the common result of building a strong and vibrant creative community in Colorado. Topics address practical, nuts-and-bolts approaches to creative business and how-to’s for working collectively with creatives, municipalities and businesses.

From the CCI site: “The annual Colorado Creative Industries Summit is a chance for creative professionals to meet and network with fellow creatives from around the state. You’ll learn from Colorado’s most inspiring speakers and presenters through workshops like creative business 101, financing your art, legal issues, social media, and website enhancement.”Bottom of Form

This exciting two-day event is a wonderful time to showcase Salida. There have been opportunities for artists and others to get involved and information on volunteer opportunities in the near future will be posted at, if anyone is interested in helping during the event.

On Thursday afternoon, the Summit attendees will be invited to attend a short reception to enjoy the local brews, wines and spirits made here in Salida and Poncha Springs. Featured libation experts include Amicas, Vino Salida, Wood’s Distillery, Moonlight, Boathouse Distillery, and Elevation. Thursday night there will be an art walk throughout our downtown’s Creative District. Downtown businesses are encouraged to remain open and welcome the Summit guests.

The Paquette Gallery at the SteamPlant will feature artwork from other Colorado Creative District artists while the Diesslin Gallery and Riverside Annex will feature Valley Visions, which includes artwork from a variety of artists within Chaffee County.

A reminder that the next Creative Monday takes place at the SteamPlant Riverside Annex on Monday, March 3rd and will feature an Introduction to Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Matthew Maydick will be teaching the class. The class is from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Please RSVP for the free class and dinner before 5:00 p.m., Sunday March 2nd at: or call 719-530-2628.

The Salida Creative District also welcomes back Mark Wiard to teach Intermediate WordPress on Thursday, March 6th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m at the SteamPlant Annex. This class is for those that already have a WordPress based website. Space is limited. Please RSVP at: or call 719-530-2628.

Creative Mondays is series of free business skills classes hosted by the Salida Creative District primarily for artists and creative entrepreneurs, but everyone is welcome to attend. They are held the first Monday of the month. Topics featured range from business plans, to marketing, and website development.

For event information about and to register for the CCI Summit, go to: