Applications under review for four communities seeking cultural district designation today

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced that Fort Wayne, Goshen, Kokomo, and Wabash will have their applications for Cultural District Designation reviewed today, May 5, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. eastern time.

These communities were invited to apply for designation after they were recognized as Spotlight Communities as part of the Creative Community Pathway program.

Cultural District Designation is currently held by only ten Indiana communities. Established in 2010, Indiana Cultural Districts are well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use areas of a community, in which high concentrations of cultural assets serve as the anchor. Indiana Statewide Cultural Districts promote the exploration of and participation in the arts and humanities through cultural experiences that are unique to their communities.

Reviewing the applications are peers from around the state specializing in cultural, leadership, community, economic, and tourism development.  

Applications recommended for designation will be reviewed by the IAC’s Programs, Grants, and Services Committee on May 27, 2021, with final funding approval made by the full Commission at its June 25, 2021, Quarterly Business Meeting.