Wednesday, October 14, 2015

On October 7, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 189 into law; the legislation will allow the California Arts Council (CAC) to designate areas cultural districts. The bill’s sponsor Assemblymember Richard Bloom said, “Designating areas with vibrant creative communities as Cultural Districts will not only celebrate California’s diverse cultural landscape, but will also help to draw economic development and tourism to local economies.”

The new act states that CAC will handle the grant application process and approval of future culture districts. The legislation also stipulates that CAC must provide technical and promotional support for the districts and must work together with "public agencies and private entities to maximize the benefits to the local and state economy."