Cultural Districts

What is a Cultural District?
A Cultural District is a specific area of a city or town identified by the municipality that has a number of cultural facilities, activities and/or assets – both for profit and nonprofit. It is a walkable, compact area that is easy for visitors to recognize. It is a center of cultural activities – artistic and economic. It is a place in your city/town where community members congregate, and visitors may enjoy those places that make a community special. Because each community is unique, each Cultural District will look different.

Where can I find the Connecticut legislation that enables Cultural Districts?
An Act Concerning the Establishment of Municipal Cultural Districts (effective October 2019)

Cultural Districts Standards and Criteria: PDF

Determining Municipal Readiness
Cities and towns should assess their readiness to establish a Cultural District.

  • Assess the inventory and location of cultural assets in the municipality.
  • Confirm if your city or town is eligible by reviewing the Standards & Criteria.
  • Submit a letter of intent to establish a Cultural District to your Designated Regional Service Organization (DRSO).

Contact
If you have questions, please contact your Designated Regional Service Organization (DRSO).
For Southeastern CT, contact Wendy Bury at W.Bury@CultureSECT.org or (860) 448-5135.

Cultural Districts in Formation in Southeastern CT:

City of New London
Click HERE for 2021 – Community Input Sessions and Information

Cultural Districts being explored in:

City of Groton
Information coming soon for 2021

The Cultural Coalition’s Municipal Services Program is supported by: 
Conway, Londregan, Sheehan & Monaco, P.C.  Attorneys at Law