PUEBLO CREATIVE CORRIDOR RECEIVES COLORADO GARDEN GRANT
PUEBLO, Colo.—February 7, 2014—The Pueblo Arts Alliance has received $7,500 from the profit corporation dedicated to furthering the horticultural industry and the producer of the Colorado Garden & Home Show.
“This grant award interlocks our mission to simultaneously engage artists, businesses and the community,” said Susan Fries, executive director, Pueblo Arts Alliance. “This award will match funding from Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority (PURA) and the Pueblo Streetscape Commission to begin the initial phase of the makeover of Central Plaza into an engaging community gathering spot.”
The community driven design process places public arts and outdoor public space as the design focus with landscaping, artistic sidewalk treatments, performance stage, interpretive botanical educational signage, sculptured seating areas and interactive art elements. A grand opening will be planned for the completion of the project.
“The community, businesses and visitors alike will benefit from the completed plaza enhancements,” said John Batey, executive director of PURA. “Renovations of the plaza support redevelopment efforts and tie the area to both north and south downtown. The master plan plaza design offers a unique balance of business storefront sidewalk use, parking and public plaza space, while also supporting the placement of multiple art pieces.”
Bill Zwick, RLA, City of Pueblo Planning Department, will be the project manager. PURA is leading the master plan design process of Stanley Consultants.
Added Fries, “The project supports tourism efforts in downtown, as tour groups and conventioneers from the Pueblo Convention Center and the Riverwalk will be able to easily navigate and visit this newly designed art and educational space. The plaza also serves as a thoroughfare for pedestrians accessing the regional public transportation center.”
At present, the sponsors of the redesign are Pueblo Creative Corridor, Colorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation. Pueblo Streetscape Commission has donated $2,500 toward the project; PURA $5,000. Additional community sponsors and volunteers are needed. If interested, please call Pueblo Arts Alliance at 719-242-6652.
The Colorado Garden & Home Show will be held February 15 to 23 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
About Pueblo Arts Alliance
The Pueblo Arts Alliance mission is to promote the production, enjoyment and collaboration of the arts for the purposes of economic development and an enriched quality of life in Pueblo. The Pueblo Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide support to its membership in the form of (1) collaborating for marketing, performances, and education opportunities, (2) raising awareness in the community as to the availability of local and regional arts productions and events and (3) promoting and providing sustainable infrastructure for the creative industries. The Arts Alliance, as administrator of the Pueblo Creative Corridor, a state-certified Creative District, is supported by Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and funded by the Boettcher Foundation, which builds community infrastructure through capital grantmaking.
PURA was formed in 1959 to revitalize Pueblo and eliminate influences which serve to constrict market forces and prevent development. PURA is a governmental entity enabled by the Colorado State Statute and established by the Pueblo municipal government. PURA derives its primary source of revenue from Tax Increment Financing, which is then used to help stimulate development by using a wide variety of techniques. PURA currently participates in a multitude of projects, either by offering direct incentives to private developers, utilizing public/private partnerships, or by directly investing in public improvements.