Downtown Ventures is a charitable nonprofit affiliate of Downtown Partnership dedicated to the arts, historic preservation, economic development and other public benefit programs of Downtown Colorado Springs.
Formed by Downtown Partnership in 1997, Downtown Ventures is most known for its flagship program, Art on the Streets, which launched with its first exhibit of outdoor art in 1998-1999 and has continued every year since.
Downtown Ventures also administers other public benefit programs of Downtown, including First Friday Downtown gallery hop, Core Culture Walking Tours, the City Center Series, Urban Living Tour, Skate in the Park and more.
Downtown Colorado Springs is designated as a Creative District by Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the state Office of Economic Development & International Trade. This designation is earned through a rigorous and competitive process that measures the abundance of arts nonprofits and creative industries in a district as well as the intentional leveraging of culture and creativity in urban planning and community development initiatives. Downtown Ventures administers the creative district programming and reporting.
Every program of Downtown Ventures is supported through sponsorships, grants and donations by individuals. Through these private and philanthropic resources, Downtown Ventures is able to supplement the work of Downtown’s tax districts, the BID and DDA. To support the work of Downtown Ventures, go here.