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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.

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


If you have questions, please contact your Designated Regional Service Organization (DRSO).

If you would like to speak with a member of the Connecticut Office of the Arts Team, please contact Elizabeth Shapiro at Elizabeth.Shapiro@ct.gov.