Parker’s Creative District

Parker’s Creative District

You’d be hard pressed to not find something to do in Parker. Throughout the year, Parker is host to festivals and events such as Parker Days, Movies and Art in the Park, Historic Walking Tours, the Honey Festival, PACE Patio Parties, the Farmers Market, Wine Walks from May through September, Barker Days, Trick or Treat on Mainstreet and the Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Christmas Carriage Parade during the holidays. All these festivals and events, the rich history of the surrounding historic properties and the amazing cultural facilities that call Parker home are all a part of Parker’s Creative District – one of the many reasons Parker is such an amazing place to call home.

The Creative District at Old Town includes the PACE Center and Schoolhouse Theater performing arts facilities, historic destinations including O’Brien Park, The Ruth Memorial Chapel, the Rhode Island Hotel building and the Frink Creamery (which is now the Parker Garage.) In addition to the arts and culture in Downtown Parker there is the vibrant downtown shopping and dining district with numerous restaurants and unique shops. The Creative District’s programming encompasses programming at the Schoolhouse Theater and PACE Center as well as the Parker Library, and other participating partners including Fika Coffeehouse and Deep Space Events Center.

The Creative District’s Art in Parker, both temporary and permanent, are on full display up and down Mainstreet, some part of the Douglas County Art Encounters. These pieces stay in town for a year before moving on to Lone Tree, Castle Rock or Highlands Ranch. Pieces such as the oversized Adirondack chair in O’Brien Park and Ball and Jacks sculpture at the new library are included in the public displays of Art in Parker.

More feathers in the Creative District’s cap are the new street banners now hung in town, created jointly with the Parker Artist Guild. These beautiful banners all feature a painting or photograph by an artist who is a member of the Parker Artist Guild.

To make the Creative District an even more vibrant arts and entertainment destination, the District is looking for temporary exhibits and public performances or cultural events that could include sculptures, art installations, murals, performances, festivals, streetscapes and more. Options for these Random Acts of Art are limited only by your imagination. Funds up to $750 are available for community groups and businesses with a creative idea and the energy to make it happen. Criteria to be recommended include artistic quality and uniqueness – previously funded projects include colorfully painted tires, sidewalk chalk art, Saturday afternoon roaming musicians and Tuesday night Gazebo Gatherings.

Applications can be sent to the Creative District Executive Committee, c/o Parker Arts, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, CO 80138. Emailed applications can be sent to smahnken@parkeronline.org. For details on submission requirements, go to parkercreativedistrict.org.

The District is managed by the Town of Parker and the Creative District Executive Committee, a citizen’s advisory board that provides advocacy and leadership in developing the District’s arts, culture and entertainment and their mission is a simple but important one, “The Creative District at Old Town will embrace and foster our unique historic, cultural and creative assets by supporting and promoting a broad range of entertainment and educational experiences for all ages, making Parker a highly sought after place to live and visit.”

For more information, email ParkerCreativeDistrict@gmail.com or visit www.parkercreativedistrict.org

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