Longmont Creates is a nonprofit organization that fosters opportunities, outreach, and resources for Longmont and Northern Colorado as the non-profit arm of the Longmont Creative District.
Who we serve Creatives! We define Creatives as someone who creates with the hand or mind. This includes but is not limited to artists, musicians, graphic designers, craft brewers, writers, and craft food makers.
Our Mission is to unite, celebrate, and grow vibrancy in the community through arts, culture, and economic advancement.
Our Vision is a thriving destination infused with arts, entertainment, and cultural activities that attract people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
Our Pillars are the ways we deliver on our Mission and Vision to our core constituents of creatives, businesses and the community, especially in underserved populations.
- Inspire Longmont Creates inspires creativity through our events, activities, outreach, and resources.
- Engage Longmont Creates engages our constituents by facilitating participation in activities that benefit all involved.
- Create Longmont Creates fosters programs and events for creatives and the community through our focused program areas.
How will Longmont Creates work in our community? Longmont Creates will work with the LDDA, City of Longmont, developers, philanthropists, sponsors, organizations, artists, businesses and other stakeholders to identify projects and fulfill the vision of Longmont Creates. The possibilities are endless and include things such as:
- Creating gateways into Downtown
- Placemaking elements
- Attracting more creative employers and employees
- Art projects
- Creative redevelopment projects
- Hosting events
Longmont Creative District
The Longmont Creative District is certified with the State of Colorado and is a destination in Longmont's vibrant Historic Downtown, roughly reaching from 1st Avenue to Longs Peak Avenue. Click here to view our boundary map.
2011 The Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) worked with the community to create and adopt the Longmont Arts & Entertainment District Strategic Action Plan. Read more. Hundreds of downtown volunteers, business owners, artists and organizations have been working to implement the plan ever since. The plan was later integrated in the Downtown Longmont Master Plan of Development in 2017.
2012 The Longmont A & E District (now known as the Longmont Creative District) was one of the state's first five Prospective Creative Districts.
2014 The Longmont Creative District was awarded formal designation from the State of Colorado as a Certified Creative District. Click here to learn more about Colorado Creative Industries and the other 30 Creative Districts throughout Colorado.
2019 The Longmont Creative District was recertified for an additional five years.
2021 The Longmont Creative District developed Longmont Creates, the non-profit arm of the Creative District. By using a non-profit model, Longmont Creates can work with philanthropists, sponsors, foundations and other funding partners to match goals with outcomes.
Click here to read the in-depth story of the Creative District and who supports it.
The Longmont Creative District is an important part of the community. In the next few years, it will continue to work on sustainability efforts that are outlined in the Updated Sustainability Plan.