Historic Preservation > Cultural & Entertainment Districts

Frequently Asked Questions


How can a cultural district boost revitalization in my community?

  • Beautify and animate cities and towns
  • Provide employment
  • Attract residents and tourists to the area
  • Complement adjacent business
  • Enhance property values
  • Expand the tax base
  • Attract well-educated employees
  • Contribute to a creative, innovate environment
  • Stimulate small business development

What kinds of facilities are located in a cultural and entertainment district?

  • Historic structures
  • Performance spaces
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Artist studios
  • Arts-related retail shops
  • Book Stores
  • Music or media production studios
  • Dance studios
  • Learning centers, high schools or colleges for the arts
  • Libraries
  • Arboretums and gardens
  • Ethnic enterprises
  • Graphic design studios
  • Architectural firms
  • Retail business such as wine stores, bakeries, gourmet food stores
  • Restaurants, clubs

What goals can cultural and entertainment districts help a community achieve?

  • Revitalize a particular area of the city.
  • Offer evening activities, extending hours during which the area is in use.
  • Make an area safe and attractive.
  • Promote and market cultural activities for residents and tourists
  • Attract facilities for arts and cultural organizations and their activities.
  • Expand employment opportunities and housing for artists and cultural workers.
  • Connect the arts and culture more intimately with community development.
  • Increase understanding of different cultures.
  • Strengthens ties between different cultures and ethnicities.
  • Expands and supports small business locations.

What activities might be offered in a Cultural and Entertainment District?

  • Art classes and educational offerings.
  • Art creation and rehearsal
  • Art related street vendors
  • Art and museum sales
  • Demonstrations (artists at work)
  • Exhibitions
  • Festivals and fairs
  • Film/media screenings
  • Gallery hops
  • How to classes (cooking, stain-glass making)
  • Literary readings
  • Performing arts events
  • Public art

Important Considerations for Cultural District Development and Management

  • Each cultural district is unique and should reflect the specific cultural, social, and economic needs of its area.
  • Planning for a cultural district should be part of wider cultural planning for the community at large.
  • Activities in Cultural Districts should be comfortably accessible to all people.
  • Cultural district management requires careful coordination among diverse groups. Cultural districts must be part of a package of many strategies to revitalize a community.
  • Must be welcoming to all people.
  • Must have appropriate signage and marketing.
  • Must have dedicated management resources (staff, board and budget).
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