As a former industrial hub, the RiNo Art District is a part of four historic neighborhoods, Five Points, Cole, Globeville and Elyria-Swansea in Denver, Colorado. During the turn of the last century the area was home to foundries, pattern shops and industrial uses that helped drive the economic success of Denver. As industry moved out of the city's core in the late 80s and 90s, the corridor was left with several vacant warehouses and a failing infrastructure. During this time artists began to populate the area as prices were very affordable and the area was fertile ground for arts, artists and creatives.
In 2004, local neighborhood leaders and the City of Denver began work on the River North Plan and ways to revitalize the area.
In 2005, local artists Tracy Weil and Jill Hadley-Hooper joined forces and created the River North Art District with the desire to create a creative community that would connect the artists that made the area their home. "We really just wanted to sell more paintings," says Weil. Starting with 8 members the district quickly grew to 50 members within one year.
Ten years later, RiNo bloomed with a community empowered, two new special districts and the desire to usher in a new era for the district with art as a common thread.