Culture in the Core of the City

ArtsCulturePhotoSince the very beginning, arts, culture, health and wellness have been central to the development of downtown Colorado Springs.

Established by civic leaders with a committed appreciation of arts and culture, today's downtown is still recognized as the artistic and historic heart of our city. Downtown is home to regional and cultural institutions, artist co-ops and studios, historic buildings and parks, engaging culinary experiences, and creative work spaces. 

Also touted early on as a resort destination for health-seekers, today's downtown is home to the United States Olympic Committee and scores of fitness, health, and wellness-focused businesses. Just as they were at the start, arts, culture, health and wellness remain core values for our modern-day downtown. 

Core Culture: the story of downtown’s creative district

A photo storymap of downtown’s district including locations, photos and details about creative businesses, public gathering spaces, historic sites, public art, and more is available here.

Downtown: A Colorado Certified Creative District

A Certified Creative District in the Colorado Creative Industries Creative District Program, Downtown Colorado Springs recognizes the power of creativity and innovation. Arts and culture play an important role in downtown’s economic development, tourism, quality of life and community building considerations.

Each month, First Friday Downtown features free gallery openings, artist receptions, and performances, hosted by a dozen independent galleries. A mix of historic and contemporary architecture lines downtown’s major streets, and serves as the backdrop for Art on the Streets, a rotating exhibit of award-winning sculpture. And, a season of Core Culture Tours introduce the art, history and people that make every visit to downtown a one-of-a-kind experience.

To find out how you get can get involved in downtown’s Creative District planning and programming, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Pictured: Gallery 113 (top) and Taiko Drummers.