On Tuesday, January 31, from 5:00 to 7:30pm, at the Sherbino Theatre (604 Clinton St.) in Ridgway, the local creative sector has a chance to provide input on the upcoming Space to Create project during a fun kickoff of its online survey. Ridgway was recently selected by Space to Create Colorado partners to build a facility downtown to provide affordable workforce housing and working space for creative sector entrepreneurs. The online survey to gather data about the needs of individual creatives, creative businesses, and creative organizations in the region will go live on January 31st
A Space to Create Fact Sheet is available at: www.ridgwaycreativedistrict.com/space-to-create/. The definition of “Creative Sector” is quite broad and includes architects, digital designers, craftspeople, and other contributors in a wide range of fields, as well as those more commonly considered artists.
The goal of the Space to Create initiative is to stimulate community and economic development in the local region by providing long-term affordable and financially sustainable working space and housing for creative sector employment. “That could mean a lot of things,” says Diane Quarles, a local artist and member of the Space to Create committee. “...So the only way we will know the needs of our area’s creative population is to ask them.”
To that end, the Town and its Space to Create volunteer group worked with Artspace, the nonprofit developer and technical consultant for the project, to create an online survey specifically for the project. The survey will collect statistical information to inform the design of the facility, to be located on the corner of Clinton St. and N. Laura Streets. Responses to the survey will inform the design of the building, including features, amenities, and uses for the space. Data gained will also help build support and funding to make the new space a reality.
From January 31 to March 28, 2017, the Ridgway Space to Create survey will be available online at www.RidgwayS2CSurvey.com. To kick it off, Space to Create will hold a “Survey Soirée” on
Tuesday, January 31, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theatre (604 Clinton St.) in
Ridgway. At the event, there will be information, food, a cash bar, and creative entertainment.
Representatives from Artspace will give brief perspective on the initiative in Colorado and answer questions about Space to Create Ridgway. Computers will be available for participants to take the survey, and all are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablet devices.