Lifting Artistic & Economic Vitality in Manitou Springs

News & Announcements

  • Cookies with CRANE

    Join us for a drop-in style community meeting to learn about our current programs and tell us how we can help Manitou Springs creative community fourish! Wednesday, February 28th 8:30
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  • Save the Guitar

    In September, 2022, Flaminio Antonio's "Comforting Melody" sculpture, a guitar crafted entirely from scrap metal, was installed near the Armadillo Ranch and Kinfolks in downtown Manitou Springs on a one
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  • Electric Shuttle Call for Manitou Springs

    Creative Alliance Manitou Springs (CRANE) is partnering with the City of Manitou Springs to license artwork from a local artist that invites residents and visitors to ride the free electric vehicle shuttle. Winning artwork will be printed on vinyl, which will be applied to the shuttle. The award for the winning artwork is $2,000.
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How we Work: Our Mission in Three Parts

We elevate and promote Manitou Springs creatives to lift artistic and economic vitality. Why? Because Creativity IS good business.

1 | Promote Manitou Springs

We ❤️ Manitou Springs, a place where the history is as rich and compelling as its natural beauty. We celebrate local charm and fresh ideas while preserving our unique cultural, historic, and natural setting. Our creatives hold a key place at the table for community solutions driven by shared values and love of placemaking. We center inclusion and celebrate what makes us unique.

2 | Elevate Artistic Vitality

Artists drive us forward with their vision, their passion, their collaborative spirit. Colorado is a global leader in the creative industries, which include music, performing arts, design, film and media, heritage, writing and publishing, performing arts and visual arts and crafts. We work closely with community and regional organizations to innovate and to create opportunities.

3 | Lift Economic Activity

As a certified Creative District through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, it’s our goal to help increase jobs, incomes, and investments in Manitou Springs. We do this through small business development programs and coaching including Manitou Made, which is a partnership with the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Our Key Partners

The Manitou Springs Creative District exists because these local entities came together to seek Colorado State certification. Without their continued partnership, we couldn’t fulfill our mission.

City of Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development

Manitou Art Center

Lifting Artistic and Economic Vitality