Creative Economy Commission

City Commission Overview

The Creative Economy Commission was formerly known as the Public Art Commission. Over the past year, the Public Art Commission has been expanding its role and working on the formation of a Creative Economy Commission. Creativity, the arts, culture, science, and heritage (collectively referred to as the creative economy) are a central aspect of life in Durango. Due to the importance of the creative economy in Durango, the City updated the Comprehensive Plan in 2017 to include the Arts, Culture and Creative Economy section. The Comprehensive Plan calls for the formation of a Creative Economy Commission to implement the various goals and objectives in the Arts, Culture and Creative Economy section. If you have a question or a comment for this commission, please fill out this form.

Mission: Enhance the quality of life and regional economy by supporting, empowering and celebrating the community’s creative and cultural resources through public art, economic development, advocacy, and education.

To learn more check out the Creative Economy Commission Overview and Priorities.

The duties and responsibilities of the Commission include:

  • Advise the City Council and Staff with respect to all aspects of planning, programming, procurement, installation, operations, maintenance, restoration, and promotion of City-owned public art projects and artworks;
  • Work in conjunction with other City Boards and Commissions as appropriate on public art projects on City-owned property and make recommendations as necessary to other Boards and Commissions and to City Council regarding public art and the Creative Economy;
  • Advise the City Council and Staff on matters related to arts, culture and the creative economy, including the development of policies, processes, and funding;
  • Manage the Public Art Collection including the maintenance, procurement and placement of pieces;
  • Work with key community partners on creative economy initiatives to educate, celebrate and strengthen the arts, culture and creative sectors of the local economy; and
  • Perform other duties as necessary to implement the Creative Economy Strategic Plan.

The Creative Economy Commission was established on March 19, 2019.

At a Glance

Established byResolution 2019-15
Number on BoardSeven regular members:
  • Three (3) local artists
  • Four (4) members with education, training,
         or experience in arts, culture, or creative sectors
One non-voting youth member through the Youth Engagement Program.
Length of TermThree years
City Council LiaisonMayor Melissa Youssef 
Staff LiaisonAlex Rugoff, Business Development & Redevelopment Coordinator
Regular Meeting TimeLast Tuesday of every month at 8:30 am
Regular Meeting LocationRiver City Hall

Current Members

NameAppointedTerm ExpiresTerm #
Elsa JagnieckiMay 2019Jan. 20221
Charles Leslie, Vice Chair
Feb. 2019
Jan. 2022
Lexis LoebMarch 2019Jan. 20221
Erin Murphy, ChairFeb. 2019Jan. 20221
Scott SmithMarch 2018Jan. 20211
Alex Rugoff, Staff Liaison
Melissa Youssef, City Council LiaisonN/AN/AN/A