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Opportunity for Texas arts organizations, local arts agencies, government agencies, and college arts institutions to designate special areas within cities and communities as cultural districts. Applicants must contact program staff and submit a letter of intent prior to submitting an application. The designation of cultural districts is meant to harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization.
As authorized by H.B. 2208 of the 79th Legislature, the Texas Commission on the Arts can designate cultural districts in Texas. In this program, an organization by itself or representing a collaborative effort will file an application to recognize their cultural district. Cultural districts are special zones that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization. These districts can become focal points for generating businesses, attracting tourists, stimulating cultural development and fostering civic pride.
TCA recognizes that a thriving creative sector is a powerful economic development asset. Cultural district development is one strategy that helps a community boost their economies while realizing other cultural and civic benefits. The outcomes of cultural districts extend beyond the arts and benefit all members of a community. Goals may include:
Additional Geographic Information:Cultural Districts map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&source=embed&t=m&ll=30.789037000000004%2C-99.360352&spn=11.313567%2C13.183594&z=5&mid=1S3iHgcOav0Y32UNSW_Kr622syx8
Grant Type: Multi-year
When a cultural district is designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts, a recertification will be required every ten (10) years.
Submit letters of intent and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit drafts to: email@example.com
For people who are deaf or have a hearing disability, the Commission may be reached by contacting Relay Texas at 800/735-2989 or 711.
Cultural Districts Designation Program
Texas Commission on the Arts
PO Box 13406
Austin, TX 78711-3406