LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Jeffersonville’s new arts and cultural district, dubbed NoCo, is being accredited by the state as a cultural district.
In the last year or so, the area has transformed from a run-down part of town into a colorful draw for art lovers.
The name, NoCo, comes from its location -- just north of Court Street downtown at Spring.
City leaders said the cultural designation is just the start for the 22-block area. The area is one of just 10 in the state of Indiana to earn the cultural district accreditation.
NoCo has a little something for everyone and it’s all within walking distance from the Big Four Bridge.
Picasso Pointe brings life in vibrant color to the Vintage Fire Museum, with Picasso-inspired faces hanging on light poles created by Thomas Jefferson Elementary students.
A nearby water tower turned mural is one of the first things people see coming over the bridge into Jeffersonville, helping to spotlight the area.
Plans are now being finalized on the Depot, which will bring an arts village, food vendors and a stage for concerts.
“We’ve been working with restaurateurs, some local artists, I think there’s already a waiting line of people who want to be in," Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said. "You put a stage back there with some restrooms, you’ve got everything you want. It’s all right here.”
Moore said this designation will open up grant funding and make Jeffersonville a must-visit around the state. The boost in tourism from far-away visitors and people around the region will bolster the growth happening around the downtown. The interest in the area will only grow once work on the Depot and future art installations are completed, Moore said.
The NoCo area was designed in part by the late Wayne Estopinal, Moore said. The president of TEG Architects and Lou City FC Founder died recently after a plane crash in rural Clark County, which killed Estopinal and two others on board.