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There’s no shortage of creative industry in Pueblo’s newly designated Creative District. The area is packed with galleries, museums, street sculptures and fountains, cafés, live music, and street performers that are all ready to challenge your imagination and inspire your summer. The Creative District is focused around the three historic city centers of Pueblo: Downtown Main Street, Union Avenue Historic District, and the Mesa Junction. Each retains its uniqueness, while providing an enjoyable stroll from one end to the other.
In the Downtown Main Street Area, the Sangre de Cristo Art Museum and Buell Children’s Museum are the crown jewels of the area, and feature ever-changing exhibits, performances, and outdoor concerts; there’s something to inspire everyone’s imagination. Surrounding the Art Center on Santa Fe Avenue and Main Streets, between 1st and 5th Streets, there is the world’s only solar coffee roaster, the local brew pub, a Western wear store,SAGE Art Academy, and the 5th & Main Espresso Bar and Gallery. Throughout this area of the district is the Art & Soul Street Gallery where all the sculptures on the street are for sale.
On the south end of the Creative District is Mesa Junction. Here the Rawlings Public Library and Info Zone Museum (on the library’s top floor) are the center of the many attractions. The library and museum feature local artist’s exhibits, cultural activities, and the best modern architecture in Southeastern Colorado. This quaint residential neighborhood is home to many nationally-known studio artists, galleries, cafés, and book shops.
As you pass from the Mesa Junction to Historic Union Avenue look below the bridge and see the World’s Longest Mural on the levee wall of the Arkansas River.
Historic Union Avenue features an abundance of unique galleries, shops, restaurants, cafés, and bars. There are plenty of places to stop and find adventures like: chocolate basil ice cream, magic tricks, an alternative newspaper, a summer Farmer’s Market, street performers, and outdoor concerts. Art and activity take place everyday on the Riverwalk, here you can track the history of Zebulon Pike, play in the beautiful fountains, and sip cocktails as the singing gondolier floats past.
For details, a map, and event listing of the Creative District visit PuebloPAG.org.