162,279
Employment

8,864
Establishment

$54,341
Average Wages

0.9
Location Quotient

Industry Overview

Colorado is a global leader in the creative industries, which includes design, film and media, literary and publishing, performing arts, visual arts and crafts, and heritage. With its existing ecosystem of creative entrepreneurs, arts, and cultural non-profits, media and entertainment giants, and universities and academic leaders who encourage creativity and innovation, Colorado’s creative industries are well-positioned to grow and continue to help the state’s economy thrive.

The creative industries in Colorado have been growing rapidly, ranking sixth for workforce in creative class occupations nationally.The entrepreneurial spirit of Colorado is especially strong in creative professionals, who are 3.5 times more likely than the total U.S. workforce to be self-employed. There is also a close connection between art and technology, with one in three artists working in the professional, scientific, and technical services sectors.

Regional Partnerships

Regions: Central Mountain

Regional creative sector partnerships across the state are led by businesses in partnership with public partners in order to take action to address common opportunities. Business partners are working with public partners from workforce, education, and economic development to develop an action plan and address common industry needs.

Statewide Partnerships

Colorado Creates
Colorado Creates is a website devoted to the creative businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals who call Colorado home or find their innovative spirit rooted in time spent in the Centennial State.This is an online community where creative individuals and businesses across the state can share their work, communicate and collaborate with others.

Colorado Creative Industries
A division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) sees a future where Colorado is a premiere “Creative Economy.” Colorado Creative Industries strives to create a strong brand identity, a Top 10 reputation, and create significant and sustained investment in the creative sector where creative entrepreneurs and enterprises will flourish. Their goal for Colorado to “grow its own” creative workforce. Learn more here!

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