Cheyenne Creative: New art space opens in downtown Cheyenne

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Artists now have a new spot to display their artwork and a space to create it. Cheyenne Creative, located at 1718 Capitol Ave., opened in downtown Cheyenne earlier this month. The new business is a shared artist work space, offering studio space for short and long-term time periods for visual artists. Cheyenne Creative has graphic designers, photographers, painters, writers, and more. This launch is the answer to the Artspace Survey that was conducted last year, assessing the need for a creative space in Cheyenne. The Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Alliance created this one-year pilot program, leasing the space until May 31, 2017. *Desiree Brothe, DDA Program Manager, and Ginny Olson, DDA Administrative Assistant. (Pitchengine Communities)* ​ "We wrote the plan about six months ago in January, Amy Surdam and myself started putting everything in motion as far as working with our board on this and working towards grants," Brothe said. "The grants we received allows us to test this space for one year for any artist who is willing, or interested, to come in and work during that time without having to worry about that funding issue so we could approach this wholeheartedly the way we wanted to." Mayor Rick Kaysen, along with several other community leaders, showed up for the Downtown Cheyenne Business Co-Op ribbon cutting ceremony, June 22, welcoming the new business to the downtown area. The two grants funding this pilot program came from the Wyoming Arts Council, $10,000, and Wyoming Main Street Technical Assistance, $11,000. The DDA and Main Street hope to house at least 10 different artists/businesses on a regular basis. For more information, visit ​#shortgo #news #whatshappening