- Lower Washington Cultural Arts DistrictSteering Committee
Support the Creation of a Cultural Arts District in Houston, TX
A Cultural Arts Designation Letter of Intent has been submitted to the Texas Commission on the Arts. A group of all-volunteer advocates representing the Washington Corridor neighborhood groups is hoping the final application will be approved to create a Cultural Arts District in the Lower Washington Avenue area. The boundaries of which will be I-10 to the north, Buffalo Bayou to the south, I-45 to the east and Heights Boulevard to the west.
The creation of a Cultural Arts District has many benefits for the area. A recognized concentration of cultural facilities serves to increase economic development, increase visibility to the area, promote tourism and support local businesses all of which create opportunities for further improvement of the area as a safe and exciting place to live, work and visit.
We ask you to show your support for the creation of the Lower Washington Cultural Arts District. The more support we can gain from area residents, Houstonians and others who plan to utilize the area, business leaders, government officials, etc, the more impact our application to the TCA will have. The deadline for submittal is June 1st. Please sign our petition of support and send to all your friends and colleagues asking them to do the same.
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- Steering Committee
Lower Washington Cultural Arts District
It is my pleasure to send a letter of support for the direction of obtaining a cultural designation district title through the state agency known as the Texas Commission on the Arts located in Austin.
The creation of the “Lower Washington Cultural Arts District”, specifically in the Washington Avenue corridor will provide much cohesion for all of the pre-existing art entities and venues currently in operation there today. MECA as the lead non-profit in this endeavor provides a solid alliance.
Cultural districts throughout the United States have proven to stimulate the local economy and the development of future businesses while providing social impact. Empirical research suggests that culture—like other forms of civic engagement—strengthens relationships among local neighborhood members and their counterparts.
Supporting the efforts of the steering committee to achieve this goal fits with our mission to keep Houston moving forward. Houston is rich with diversity both culturally and economically. Adding another positively recognized district to Houston would only serve as an affirmation of the strength of our artistic cultural community.
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