"For the Telluride community generous hospitality for the arts is the rule, and we open up our homes, businesses and town wholeheartedly. We forgo conveniences--like access to our main street--regularly and willingly. And we show up. Many locals attend events as producers, staff or as donors of the thousands of volunteer hours that fuel so many local activities."
"Telluride’s unique natural environment and population of intellectually and culturally creative individuals should also be tapped to generate an additional, longer-term sustainable cultural economy. From heritage tourism to our world-famous festivals to the creation of a regional scientific and cultural incubator, we recognize that we already have the talent and the will to take Telluride’s creativity to a whole new level."
- Todd Brown, Business Consultant
“We can show the depth of art and culture in our town– how it makes a difference in the community no matter how much money people have. We are a broad group of people and having arts in our community is important. It is the depth of organizations that really get everyone involved no matter their age, social, race – etc.…”
-Angela Dye, Landscape Architect
“What is good for Telluride is good for Colorado. The name Telluride has cache throughout the state, country and world. Important element of the brand. We are poised to take advantage of this opportunity. We can drive a lot of additional traffic to our cultural district which will go to the states’ favor.”
- Peter Kenworthy, Executive Director, MountainFilm
“The state library chose to have the conference September 2012 in Telluride, because any idea is recognized here. There is that feeling that this is a place where innovation happens. The state library recognizes this.”
- Barb Brattin, Executive Director The Wilkinson Public Library
“This is essentially a recommitment to the arts as a town. It says this is where we are going – all getting there together.”
- Amy Levek, Photographer
“There has been a history of bumping heads in the non profits. But recently there has been more and more working together. Now there is a lot of room to come together- it has been happening – but this is a bigger commitment to make this happen.”
—Lauren Bloemsma, Executive Director, Telluride Historical Museum