Crossroads Arts District

Almost 30 years ago, a few artists were in search of affordable studio space and a place where they could display and sell their work. This caused the organic beginnings of what is now the Crossroads Arts District. Amidst former abandoned warehouses and historic buildings on Kansas City’s famous Film Row, one now finds cutting edge entrepreneurial ventures, contemporary office spaces, and modern event venues. Read More...

Paducah, KY Cultural District
Paducah is a vibrant historic rivertown with a population of 25,000 located at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers in western Kentucky. Home to the internationally celebrated National Quilt Museum, Paducah offers an authentic cultural experience for visitors from across the globe. A recently designated UNESCO Creative City, Paducah’s cultural attractions are a collection of museums and socially inclusive artforms that foster relationships and connectivity with creative individuals from diverse regions of the world. Read More...
 
Hear Jay Dick's spot on Tourism Talk in Paducah and read his ARTSBlog post to learn more about this thriving artist community!
 
Boise Cultural District

Boise’s Cultural District is located in the historic South 8th Street corridor. As Boise prospered as a commercial center in the late 19th century, rail spurs were provided off the main frontage tracks and the South Eighth Street Historic District's settlement patterns were shaped by these railroad sidings which passed through its 40 foot wide alleys. The resulting commercial/ industrial subdivision was the first such development in the city. The warehouses were largely built between 1902 and 1915 to serve wholesalers who supplied goods to southwest Idaho and the surrounding region. Read More...

 

Gordon Square Arts

Within a neighborhood in decline for decades, the Gordon Square Arts District (GSAD) has made the section of Detroit Avenue between W.45 and W. 80th Streets in Cleveland, Ohio a vibrant regional destination of galleries, restaurants, retailers, artists, and artisans. In 2007, GSAD completed a $30 million capital campaign that funded neighborhood beautification, added parking, created a campus for Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT), reopened the long-shuttered Capitol Theatre, formed the first Special Improvement District in Cleveland beyond downtown. They’re also building a fully accessible, passive-design theatre for Near West Theatre (NWT), opening in Spring 2015. Read More...

 

Shreveport Common

Shreveport Common is an arts-led, multi-partner initiative to revitalize a historic but long-blighted nine-block area within the much larger, state-designated downtown cultural district, (est. 2009). Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) and City of Shreveport have led the project from the beginning, through the precepts of creative placemaking, with community-based “oversight” that supports each phase. Read More...

 

Cultural Districts in Colorado

This is the story of how Creative Districts are growing and flourishing in Colorado as a result of legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2011. We describe how the legislation came to be and how it was translated into a statewide program of support for Creative Districts, and we will mention a few of the remarkable things that are happening in Colorado as a result. Finally, we will identify the many things that we have learned in the process that may be valuable to other states seeking to enact similar legislation. Read More...