Strategic Plan
2014-15 through 2018-19


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The Louisiana Cultural Districts Program was created by Act 298 of the 2007 Regular Session of the legislature. The primary goal of this initiative is to spark community revitalization based on cultural activity though tax incentives.

This site is intended to provide pertinent information to local governing authorities, key stakeholders, interested communities, organizations, businesses and individuals about the Cultural Districts program, the application process, and be a means whereby the public can offer feedback, and suggestions.



July 1, 2014- The Office of the Lt. Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism are pleased to announce certification of 8 new Cultural Districts. This brings the total number of Cultural District to 75, in 47 towns and 30 parishes in all corners of Louisiana, making this a successful initiative embraced by local governments and cultural stakeholders throughout the state.

The new districts in 2014 are:

  •          Jackson Cultural District
  •          Town of Many Cultural District
  •          Historic Washington Cultural District
  •          D'Arbonne Cultural District (Farmerville)
  •          Old Arabi Cultural Arts District
  •          Thibodaux Cultural District
  •          Morgan City Cultural District
  •          Bocage Cultural District (Baton Rouge)

For a complete list of Cultural Districts and maps of each district click here

For more information, questions or comments please email or call Gaye Hamilton, 225-342-8161, ghamilton@crt.la.gov

Important Information about Original Art Tax Exemption Sales


Webinars for Artists, Art Organizations, Cultural Businesses (Audio) - The Arts Council of New Orleans hosts Webinars On Demand on a variety of topics that may be of interest to artists, gallery owners, and those with ambitions to become a gallery owner, in any city. You can listen to the audio of presentation at your convenience, On Demand! Click here to connect to the ACNO link.

Creative Placemaking Report - Arnaudville Cultural District is featured in the Mayor's Institute on City Design's white paper summarizes two decades of creative American placemaking, drawing on original economic research and case studies of pathbreaking initiatives in large and small cities, metropolitan to rural, as well as published accounts. Link to PDF

The Arts Council of New Orleans hosts many workshops that may be of interest to artists, gallery owners, and those with ambitions to become a gallery owner, in any city. You can listen to archived presenters, and sign up for the newsletter announcing events, workshops, and calls to artists. Click here to connect to the ACNO link.


Small is Beautiful by Anne Gadwa July 2014Click to Read
Hammond Celebrates Art and CultureApril 2014Click to Read
Sen. Landrieu in ArnaudvilleAugust 2013Click to Read
Leeville Fishing Village-DardenneSept 2013Click to Read
Shreveport Preservation Commission could save homesSept 2013Click to Read
Redevelopment of Freret StreetAugust 2013Click to Read
Rivertown KennerJuly 2013Click to Read
St Claude Main Street Arts-Culture ProgramMarch 2013Click to Read
Cultural district will help universityNovember 29, 2012Click to Read
Official: Growing cultural district good for economyAugust 23, 2012Click to Read
Need community development? Put your money on the arts by Anne GadwaSeptember, 2011Click to Read
Historic factory renovation in S. Broad Street CDApril, 2011Click to Read
LSU Minden Main Street WorkshopJanuary, 2011Click to Read
Lafayette Announces Tax Free Designation LafayetteMarch 10, 2010Click to Read
Lake Charles Cottage Shops Recognized as Cultural District Lake CharlesMarch 5, 2010Click to Read
New Mid City Cultural District in Baton Rouge Baton RougeFebruary 22, 2010Click to Read
Jimmy Robinson: Musician, Incubator and Advocate- New OrleansNovember 2, 2009Click to Read
Tax incentives hope to stimulate local art world- New OrleansOctober 4, 2009Click to Read
Slidell Announces 2009-10 Cultural Season- SlidellOctober, 2009Click to Read
Marigny Chosen as Great Neighborhood by APA New OrleansSeptember 2009Click to Read
District aim to boost arts, cultural commerce- ShreveportJune 7, 2009Click to Read
Byawater Art Lofts New OrleansJune 2, 2009Click to Read
HoumaJan 28, 2009Click to Read
Cooltown StudiosJan. 9, 2009Click to Read
Times PicayuneDec. 4, 2008Click to Read
Preservation in Print — Page 16Summer 2008Click to Read
Cultural Economy Tax Initiatives PackageJune 2007Click to Read