Cultural District – Stonington Community Information & Input Sessions







To learn more about Connecticut Municipal Cultural Districts, click HERE.


The Town of Stonington is exploring the formation of 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. The ability for a municipality to establish a Cultural District was enacted by Legislative Statute in 2019.

It is
• a walkable, compact area that is easy for visitors to recognize.
• a center of cultural activities – artistic and economic.
• a place in your city/town where community members congregate, and visitors may enjoy those places that make a community special.

Why a Cultural District
• Increase coordination of efforts, resources, and assets
• Market arts and culture attractions to visitors
• Promote and encourage artists, entrepreneurs and creative businesses
• Promote tourism and increase visitation
• Strengthen distinctive character of communities
• Create a plan to drive economic growth and expand tax base
• Support Sustainable CT certification
• Highlight culture and history of your community

CT Office of the Arts/DECD – CT Cultural Districts Standards and Criteria: PDF 

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