According to a recent article in the Colorado Springs Business Journal by John Hazelhurst, Denver has named itself the creative capital of the Rocky Mountain west.
Denver, as in, Create Denver and the Downtown Denver Leadership Program. The "announcement" was made in a study published at the end of November, which argues that Denver beats out all other cities in the region in terms of art venues, creative jobs, etc.
Hazelhurst finds the claim a little under-supported; I just take it with a grain of salt. The study looks a lot like a brochure to attract artists and businesses, a commercial for Denver. It's something any city would pitch.
(We haven't done much of that here though. Luckily, COPPeR's cultural plan is a step in the right direction.)
See for yourself: 2010_Final_Report_for_Web.pdf