Creative Industries


The creative industries are an economic force in Colorado as the interface between creativity, culture, economics, and technology in a contemporary world dominated by images, sounds, texts, and symbols increases. Today, Colorado is among the leading destinations for creative artists and entrepreneurs to develop and promote their craft or products.

Trinidad-Las Animas County is part of this larger trend in which forward-thinking former coal and manufacturing centers are recovering due mostly in part to a focus on the creative industries. Since 2012, Colorado has formed 21 creative districts which have on average seen a 5% increase in employment and a 6% jump in revenue, compared to the state’s average job growth of 2%. This is why right now is an exciting time to a part of the El Corazon de Trinidad Creative Arts District. 

A big contributor of the creative momentum is the Trinidad Artspace, a demonstration project for Space to Create, a state-led initiative to build affordable workforce housing and workspace in rural Colorado communities. The $14 million Trinidad Artspace project will transform an entire downtown block into artist live/work, gallery and flexible community space; it includes three historic structures, built between 1882 and 1903, that contribute to the downtown National Historic District. In the summer of 2017, funding for the project was secured and work has been begun. Expected completion of the Space to Create project in late 2018.

Creative Industries

  • Design
  • Film & Media
  • Literary & Publishing
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts & Crafts
  • Heritage

Film in Colorado 



The Colorado Film Incentive program offers a 20% cash rebate for eligible production costs. The incentive program covers feature films, television pilots, television series, television commercials, music videos, industrials, documentaries, and video game design and creation, as well as other forms of content creation.

Regional Film Partnerships

Promoting Colorado is a collaborative effort.  Through local tourism and visitors bureaus, economic development offices, and regional film offices we can better serve the film community.  Regional partnerships help us market the diversity of each region and identify local support services.

Film Festival Support and Promotion

The Colorado Film Office currently supports over 30 film festivals and educational events throughout each year.  We are here to help support existing events, both financially and promotionally, and identify new opportunities for communities.


  • Filmmaker Focus
  • Screenplay Review
  • Media Professionals Career Connection
  • Grants

Colorado Music Strategy


Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) and Bohemian Foundation announced a public-private partnership to advance music in Colorado through the Colorado Music Strategy, a comprehensive plan to support music as a key creative industry in the state.

The Colorado Music Strategy aims to increase revenues for Colorado-based musicians and music-related businesses while raising the state’s profile nationally and internationally. The strategy will provide resources and leadership for music projects, grants to nonprofits to present music, and opportunities for networking and thought-sharing at an annual music conference.

Strategy Elements

#DetourCo is a statewide program creating a model of music touring as a community-based, sustainable and creatively rewarding practice. Complete the following form with as much detail as possible and we will contact you when additional information is available.


The Colorado Film Office offers several types of continuing education and hands on experience for filmmakers, students, and anyone interested in film, television, digital media, and animation.  Through local partnerships, they offer workshops, panels, networking events, and intensive classes