It was here that the initiative was taken to get the creative corridor off the drawing board. Sitting at the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers and at the foot of the mighty Mt Sopris, Carbondale is home to more than 200 creative organizations, businesses, artists and artisans. A long agricultural heritage and a splash of Bohemian imagination from the intimate yet prolific art community combines to give Carbondale a unique culture that hosts a wealth of events throughout the year. Carbondale was once the potato capital of the United States and that heritage is celebrated with a community parade and a barbecue. The 109th Annual Potato Day Parade and Celebration will take place on October 6th.
Health and wellness is big in Carbondale and that goes hand in hand with utilizing locally-produced food in a number of creative ways. Creative Corridor highlights include: True Nature Healing Arts (read more about TNHA on page 85), the Rio Grande ARTway, and Marble Distillery Inn, where visitors can “Sleep with the Stills” in one of five luxury suites housed within the working distillery (to read more about the distillery see page 66).
The center of Carbondale's Creative District is the Third Street Center (TSC), a renovated elementary school that is now an affordable space for community and regional nonprofit organizations. TSC houses several art galleries as well as dance and performing arts venues.