Confluence Denver: Ranching hub Ridgway reaps rewards of creative virtuous circle

28 Sep Confluence Denver: Ranching hub Ridgway reaps rewards of creative virtuous circle

By Laura Bond 
Confluence Denver

In southwestern Colorado, Ridgway is a small town with a laser focus on the arts. With a critical mass of creative residents, years of hard work are paying off.

When Ashley King-Grambley moved from the small town of Gunnison to the tiny one of Ridgway, she had a chief concern: “I thought I would be bored out of my mind,” she says. “Instead, I’m exhausted.”

King-Grambley moved to take a job as executive director of Weehawken Creative Arts, a nonprofit community arts school and venue. When she first arrived, in 2008, she worked a couple of jobs, as many in Ridgway do. She got to know locals and the San Juan mountains that frame the spare and stunning valley in which the town sits. If she was bored, she was too busy to notice.

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