Through the Oklahoma Cultural District Initiative, the Oklahoma Arts Council offers funding, guidance, professional consultation, and formal certification of cultural districts throughout Oklahoma. Through the initiative, we assist communities in identifying and leveraging their local arts and cultural assets to promote economic development.
Cultural District Certification
Established districts that meet program criteria may be eligible to receive formal certification as a Oklahoma Arts Council Certified Cultural District.
Cultural District Development Program
Grant funding is available to assist in the establishment of cultural districts in Oklahoma communities. Nonprofit cultural organizations must serve as primary applicants for each district. Applications must demonstrate support from community stakeholders including city/county officials, businesses, artists, and educators.
What is a cultural district?
In general, a cultural district is a mixed-use area of a community in which a high concentration of arts and cultural facilities or activities serves as the anchor of attraction. Cultural districts can be found in communities of all sizes - rural and urban. Ideally, a district reflects its community's unique built environment and history, showcases the region's artists and cultural traditions, and increases social engagement.
Cultural districts act as an agent for positive growth in a community by:
- Incentivizing new and relocating businesses
- Stimulating commerce
- Boosting tourism
- Fostering civic pride
- Enhancing quality of life
- Increasing property values
- Attracting a well-educated and creative workforce
For more information contact our Community Arts Director.