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Pagosa Arts and Culture Project wants to know about your creative work

In Colorado, Creative Industries are the fifth largest economic sector.

The state defines creative industries as: Culinary (food, beer, wine, spirits); Design (architecture, fashion, advertising, graphics, toys); Film and Media (film, new media, video games); Heritage (history, culture, traditions); Performance (music, theater, dance, spoken word); Publishing (literature, poetry, nonfiction) and Visual (painting, sculpture, photography).

Many working in these industries are part of a shadow economy, working from their homes, part-time, barely more than a hobby, off the radar of local government and economic indicators.

According to Americans for the Arts, nationally, there are 756,007 businesses in the U.S. involved in the creation or distribution of the arts. They employ 2.99 million people, representing 4.14 percent of all businesses and 2.17 percent of all employees, respectively. The source for these data is Dun & Bradstreet, the most comprehensive and trusted source for business information in the U.S.

As of January 2011, Archuleta County is home to 50 arts-related businesses that employ 79 people. These arts-centric businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. They employ a creative workforce, spend money locally, generate government revenue, and are a cornerstone of tourism and economic development. The creative industries account for 3.68 percent of the 1,360 total businesses located in Archuleta County, and 1.67 percent of the 4,744 total people they employ.

The Pagosa Arts and Culture Project is compiling and identifying members of the Creative Class in Archuleta County and creating a database and website to promote existing events, happenings, organizations and individuals that make this a special place to live and work.

But, first, we need to identify artists, musicians, designers, architects, filmmakers, photographers, fashion-makers, writers and more.

Go to our website, http://pagosaacp.org, and let us know who you are and what you do.

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