The Indiana Arts Commission has announced that communities have until June
30 to submit letters of intent to apply for cultural district certification.
By definition, a cultural district is a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use
area of a community, in which high concentrations of cultural assets serve
as the anchor. Benefits of the certification include increased tourism
marketing, a potential collaboration with the Indiana Artisan program, and
an opportunity to apply for highway signage. There is, however, currently no
funding associated with cultural district designation.
Communities interested in applying for the certification must submit a
letter of intent to the IAC by June 30. Letters should be sent to: Indiana
Arts Commission, attention Kristina Davis-Smith, 100 N. Senate Ave., Room
N505, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. The deadline for the full application is
The IACís first three state cultural districts announced early this year are
the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District; Carmel Art and Design
District; and Tippecanoe Arts and Cultural District.