Establishment of a New London Cultural District – Community Input Conversations

The City of New London is excited to announce 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

Cultural District Info Final-City of New London (PDF)

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

New London Community Input Conversations – 4pm via zoom on Jan 21, Feb 4, and Feb 18 

The City will be hosting a series of three virtual community conversations on zoom on January 21st, February 4th, and February 18th at 4pm.
Attend, participate and learn more about the Cultural District. We want to hear from you.
If you have any questions please email Sybil Tetteh at and to attend any of the meetings, use the zoom link below. General questions about Cultural Districts can be directed to Wendy Bury at

You may register HERE. (Registration not required)

The zoom link for all three meetings is:

Meeting ID: 815 4334 5164
Passcode: 415810
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+13126266799,,81543345164#,,,,*415810# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,81543345164#,,,,*415810# US (New York)

To learn more about Connecticut Municipal Cultural Districts click HERE
Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, Cultural Districts

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

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