Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Creative industries flourish

Creativity is alive and well in Steamboat Springs. 

According to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, creative industries are becoming an increasingly important component of the local economy, accounting for 431 jobs and sales of $47.5 million. With its arts scene rocking, Steamboat was elected as a 2016 finalist for Colorado Creative District designation.

Dancer Keegan Hill performs in a rehearsal earlier at the Perry Mansfield-Performing Arts School and Camp.

Dancer Keegan Hill performs in a rehearsal earlier at the Perry Mansfield-Performing Arts School and Camp.

Additionally, the chambers economic development director Jane Blackstone says the 2016 NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index ranks Steamboat eighth in the state in arts vibrancy for small to mid-sized communities, 13th in the country in terms of independent artists per capita and in the top 5 percent of cities in terms of arts providers and arts dollars. 

All this is due to a wide range of music, performance and visual arts venues, as well as a rich array of other cultural resources, from art galleries and towns popular First Friday Artwalk to murals adorning downtown alleyways and the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Steamboats cultural landscape is pulsating with energy and excitement,says Kim Keith, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. This vibrancy is due to the connectedness of our community, innovations in our field, our openness to evolving and honoring our history and heritage. Our community thrives on opportunities to engage in creative and artistic endeavors.

 Photo by John F. Russell

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