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40 West Arts Creative District

The 40 West Arts District in northeast Lakewood is a Colorado Certified Creative District. The certification brings both recognition and resources to implement programs that strengthen the arts locally and elevate the profile of Lakewood as an arts destination. In 2011, the City and the community embarked on an effort to define the vision for the arts district. The process resulted in the creation of the adopted 40 West Arts District Urban Design and Mobility Concepts plan and the formation of the self-initiated, grassroots nonprofit organization 40 West Arts. The City and its partners are working to implement the Urban Design Plan and the 40W Placemaking Implementation Plan. One of the key recommendations in both plans is the creation of a 40 West Arts Loop, an interactive walking and biking arts route connecting the main parks and key destinations in 40 West Arts District.

The core area of the arts district extends several blocks north and south of West Colfax Avenue, approximately between Teller and Depew Streets and includes the Lamar Station on the W Line light rail. The newly redeveloped Lamar Station Plaza, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, 40 West Gallery, 40 West Studios, Edge Theater, Lakewood Arts Council, and the parks are important anchors and destinations in the district. Artspace, the leading national nonprofit developer of permanently affordable live-work space for artists, is in the site selection process to develop a project in 40 West Arts District.

Contact Information:

Alexis Moore
Direct: 303-987-7503 | Email: alemoo@lakewood.org

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