Jeffersonville’s arts and cultural district gets statewide designation

Jeffersonville’s arts and cultural district gets statewide designation
A rendering overlaying the Jeffersonville arts district shows colorful ground coverings and improvements to unused lots and structures. (Source: News and Tribune)

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The Indiana Arts Commission announced on Tuesday that Jeffersonville is one of three communities to added to the Statewide Cultural District Designation Program.

The commission approved applications from Jeffersonville's NoCo Arts & Cultural District, Fishers' Nickel Plate District and Terre Haute's Terre Haute Arts & Cultural District. The communities join the seven such designated cultural districts in the state, according to a news release.

“This designation enables a community to enhance the visibility of its creative and economic prosperity,” said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. “This can be especially important to smaller, more rural communities as they look for opportunities to showcase their quality of life and utilize the arts as an engine for economic and community growth.”

Underwater eyes sprout from a plant in a vignette in the mural created by Wilfred Sieg III on the water tower in Jeffersonville's Arts & Cultural District.
Underwater eyes sprout from a plant in a vignette in the mural created by Wilfred Sieg III on the water tower in Jeffersonville's Arts & Cultural District. (Source: Josh H)

Benefits of the program include increased tourism marketing and economic activities that come with being a part of a branded program with statewide emphasis. Acceptance into the program signifies an ongoing commitment to the development and sustainability of the cultural district.

Typically, a cultural district is considered to be a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area of a community in which there is a high concentration of cultural assets serving as the anchor for the area. Indiana Statewide Cultural Districts promote the exploration of and participation in the arts and humanities through cultural experiences that are unique to the individual community.

In addition to the three communities accepted into the program, state designated cultural districts include Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District; Carmel Art & Design District; Columbus Arts District; Madison Arts and Cultural District; Nashville Arts and Entertainment District; Noblesville Cultural Arts District; and Tippecanoe Arts and Cultural District (Lafayette / West Lafayette).