Mountain Fair Poster & T-Shirt Contest

Due Friday, March 30

The 47th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair theme will be “LOVE POLLINATOR” and Carbondale Arts is seeking artists to submit their ideas for the Mountain Fair poster and t-shirt design. Artists must submit rough sketches of their ideas along with 2 work samples. A jury will pick one idea and Carbondale Arts staff will work with the artist to create the final poster design. The chosen artist will receive $650 and five t-shirts. Handmade and digital entries are welcome and can be delivered to 76 S. 4th St. or emailed to by 5p.m. on Friday, Mar. 30. For more information call (970) 963-1680.

Artist Grants Available

Applications Now Available, Due April 6

Carbondale Arts is pleased to announce our new Artist Fellowship Program (AFP), consisting of three artist grant opportunities: The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship, The Ro Mead Community Arts Grant, and The Carbondale Arts Fellowship. The AFP is for artists and creatives of any genre, who need some funding to help them further their career, their art, or their ideas. The criteria is fairly open for these grants, and any artist residing within a ZIP code beginning with “816” may apply.

We believe that there is great value in fostering creativity and inspiration. These grants help further the mission of Carbondale Arts (building community through art) and the mission of the Carbondale Creative District (nurturing a vibrant Carbondale community through creative industry, collaboration and artistic exploration).

Applications are now available (see links below). The deadline for applications is April 6th, 2018. Please email with questions or call the Carbondale Arts office at (970) 963-1680.

Click below to apply for these Artist Fellowship Programs:
The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship
The Ro Mead Community Arts Grant
The Carbondale Arts Fellowship

The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship awards $1,000 and has no restrictions on use. It can help an artist develop a vision, buy supplies, rent rehearsal space, or help fund a residency or workshop. The uses are limitless. This fellowship honors local ceramic artist Alleghany Meadows, who has contributed so much to furthering the arts in Carbondale. Alleghany started, and maintains, the Studio for Arts + Works (S.A.W.), and is a former Carbondale Clay Center board member. The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship is made possible by an anonymous donation.

The Ro Mead Community Arts Grant awards up to $1,000 and will be awarded to projects that involve and cultivate community. This can be for a public art project to involvement in our schools or senior housing. All projects for this grant must take place within the town of Carbondale. Ro Mead, the former executive director of Carbondale Arts, was passionate about art education and community. She helped start First Fridays and The Carbondale Public Art Commission. The Ro Mead Community Arts Grant is made possible by a donation by Carly and Frosty Merriott.

The Carbondale Arts Fellowship awards up to $1,000 and must be used to further an artist’s career in some way. This could be through continuing education, developing a website, or even touring or installing an exhibit. Deeper consideration will be given to creatives within the 81623 ZIP code when applying for The Carbondale Arts Fellowship. Carbondale Arts’ mission is “building community through art” with a focus on providing support and opportunity for local artists. The Carbondale Arts Fellowship is made possible by Carbondale Arts.

Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming Creative Arts Business Workshop, to be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018. We will also announce all awarded Artist Fellowship Program recipients at that time.

Artist Exhibition Opportunities

Applications for shows now available!

Artists! Several applications are available NOW for upcoming exhibition opportunities. Don’t miss out! Learn more about each of these exciting opportunities under the R2 Gallery tab at the top of the page (then see Artist Resources or Upcoming Exhibitions).

Applications for “Narrative Threads”, a juried traveling book art show in the R2 Gallery this May 4-25, curated by Alicia Bailey of Denver-based Abecedarian Artists Books (due March 5, 2018):

Applications for “Tiny Art Show”, an exhibition open to artists of nearly any medium, juried by printmaker & engraver Johanna Mueller of Fort Collins-based FeverishArt (due April 16, 2018):

Proposals for exhibitions in the R2 Gallery calendar for 2019 (due May 1, 2018):

Send questions to our Gallery Manager at, or call 970-963-1680.

Mountain Fair Art Vendor Applications are Available

Applications due March 2

To be selected as an Art Vendor at Mountain Fair, you must meet the following eligibility requirements. Any artist or craft person exhibiting his or her own handmade works of art. (Not manufactured, not imported.) Any community service, civic, or social organization, or educational institution selling only its own works of art. Criteria for judging include quality and uniqueness of items. For more information, please e-mail Alta Otto at or call 970-379-5403.

Affordable Housing for Creatives Takes First Step

Needs Assessment & Market Study

The Town of Carbondale and the Carbondale Creative District are taking the first steps towards an Affordable Housing project in Carbondale with a Needs Assessment and Market Study. The town has procured an administrative grant from the Department of Local Affairs(DOLA) and The Town, with help from the CCD, will cover the rest. The Needs Assessment will take place in the late fall and will be conducted by Art Space. Stay tuned for more information. We work hard to make dreams come true and this would be the first step in a big dream we have!

Rio Grande ARTway Update

2 new parks forging ahead!

You will start seeing more changes on the ARTway this fall. Designs are complete for DeRail Park at Hwy. 133 and the trail and the Latino Folk Art Garden at 8th and the Rio Grande. RFTA has graded DeRail and some clean-up and Planting Days are in the works in late September and early October. The Carbondale Rotary Clubs are leading the charge for DeRail Park. We are in great need of plants and trees. Please contact amy@carbondalearts if you are interested in helping with either of these parks. A big thanks goes out to Bailey Haines and DHM Architects, Vanessa Gilbert and Brett Meredith for all the work on the design and plant palettes. The Rio Grande ARTway is a project of the Carbondale Creative District. Stay connected to this project at

Sign Up for Creative District Inventory

with the Carbondale Creative District

The Carbondale Creative Industry Inventory provides a listing of your name or business, a photo, location (which automatically populates on our Carbondale map), contact information and a weblink and is accessible from kiosks throughout town for the use of locals and visitors alike. Your listing will be searchable through your creative industry category, as well as through keywords and the listing will include a map with your business location. These kiosks are in collaboration with the Carbondale Business Chamber and Carbondale Tourism.

Carbondale’s Creative Industries are divided into the following categories: 1. Design, Media and Innovation; 2. Visual Arts; 3. Performing Arts; 4. Healing Arts; 5. Culinary Arts; 6. Cultural Heritage which includes local food production, ranching and history

Each category has a color and icon to identify it visually. The icons will be on the signs. The CCD has a 4” sticker of our logo in the color that relates to your industry. We have you listed under Healing Arts and we hope you will display the sticker somewhere in your business to create visual connection and identity.

The CCD is picking up the cost of most of this but is asking our creatives to help get us increased visibility and economy for Carbondale and for you. An individual creative or artist: $25.00 a year for listing and sticker. A Business of two or more: $50.00 a year for listing and sticker. If you cannot pay this cost, but want to be listed we have a number of scholarships available. Your quick response is much appreciated.

Along with the increased CCD marketing efforts, Carbondale will receive increased promotion from the State of Colorado Tourism Council and the Colorado Creative Industries. Carbondale is poised to receive our official state certification as a district this summer. To sign up for a listing or more information, please email Amy at or call her at 970.963.1680