Fruita Considers Becoming a 'Creative District'
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo. - Fruita officials are looking into ways to make their city more creative.
City Council is considering becoming an official Colorado Creative District to boost cultural and art industries.
"We talked about it and thought this might be something right up our alley," said Ture Nycum with the city of Fruita's Parks and Recreation department, "It might help us get a little bit better organized in the city of Fruita in terms of being able to provide arts and culture to our community."
When Linda Kurtz opened up the Rose Hue Gallery, it was the only one in the city.
"We have a lot of talented artists right here in Fruita and we were having to go to other parts of the valley to display their work," she said.
Kurtz was happy to find a ready and waiting audience.
"It's been good, it took a while for people to find out that we were here, but I've had great positive input," said Kurtz.
Currently, city officials are looking into what it means to be a Colorado Creative District, which is a partnership between the Boettcher Foundation and Colorado Creative Industries.
"We are in the very initial steps of researching what the program is all about and whether it truly will fit and benefit Fruita," said Nycum.
Colorado Creative Districts are eligible for grants up to $25,000 to help benefit all arts in the community.
Kurtz said that's something she'd support.
"The grants would allow us to have more educational art classes and instruction. I always think about the upcoming artists, the younger people. I would like to help support that and I feel being able to have grant money for that would be an excellent resource," she said.
City staff will be interviewing local arts and cultural businesses as well as reaching out to other Colorado communities who are already part of the program.
They say this process could take several months.