Cultural Districts

The creation and promotion of cultural districts has increasingly become a successful strategy for communities to rehabilitate historic neighborhoods and revitalize downtown areas.

“Across America, cities that once struggled economically are reinventing and rebuilding themselves by investing in art and culture – a proven catalyst for growth and economic prosperity.”

Louise M. Slaughter, U.S. House of Representatives (NY), Co-Chair, Congressional Arts Caucus

As community leaders recognize the role of creative arts and culture in sustainable economic development, cities and states are seeking new ways to amplify the positive effects of this sector.

Texas’ Cultural District program has the potential to be a leading statewide catalyst for economic development. The willingness of communities to complete the application process that requires bringing together diverse local stakeholders, developing a detailed funding plan, and documenting strategies and tactics bodes well for long-term success. After reviewing the programs in other states and cities, a series of adjustments and recommendations emerged that would improve the competitiveness and viability of the Texas model. In addition, these changes should make it easier to encourage other communities to participate in the Cultural District program.

Texas Cultural Trust