California names Eureka a Cultural Arts District


EUREKA, Calif. - The City of Eureka is on its way to becoming a cultural destination for the first time. The state designated 14 areas across California as cultural districts for their unique artistic identities.

Rob Holmlund, Eureka City Planner, said, "The California Arts Council awarded the city of Eureka as one of 14 cultural arts districts in the state."

He said over 40 cities applied for this title. Now, Old Town and other parts of the city have been designated as the Eureka Cultural Arts District.

Holmlund said, "It validates for Eureka that the arts are really important here and that the state recognizes the importance of arts in the city."

With this recognition from the state, comes a $5,000 stipend. He said funds will go into supporting a new strategic arts plan by the city.

"One of the things in the plans or in the projects was to create a Cultural Arts District, and so we used that as an application to the state to become a Cultural Arts District," said Holmlund.

The Eureka Cultural Arts District is a collaboration by the city, Eureka Main Street, and Ink People Center for the Arts. The plan is for Eureka to become more welcoming to artists and of course, more visually appealing.

Eureka Main Street, Executive Director, Charlotte McDonald, said she's excited to see some investment in local art.

McDonald said, "The fact that we started the summer concerts and all the neat things that are going on, is culminated on all that's happening now."

She said not a lot of art has happened since Gov. Jerry Brown dismantled statewide redevelopment programs back in 2012.

McDonald said, "Definitely going to be a resource that we haven't had available to us in a long time, and probably help bridge that loss that we had when redevelopment went away."

Holmlund said he hopes and artful community filled with culture will help boost local tourism dollars.

He said, "It also means that we have something to market now, and we can promote, the state is behind us in helping us promote the district."

Take a look at the City of Eureka Strategic Arts Plan, here.

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