The Certification Process
The process is simple, and can be achieved in 4 steps:
1. Gather your community planning team and begin. This team should consist of a broad group of community members. They include: artists, other local business owners, arts and culture activities, local government, business or downtown associations, school districts and/or colleges, economic development, community members at-large. This team will work together to begin the process and develop a plan for a Creative District. You should also contact the Creative Districts Program Manager as soon as possible to receive guidance and support.
2. Plan Your District. After you’ve made the decision to move forward, you can use the Community Readiness Toolkit to help you plan your District. The amount of time this step takes will vary from community to community. We will provide technical assistance and guidance along the way. Once you finish this step, and meet the minimum requirements (see Pre-Application Checklist), you can move onto the next step.
3. Apply for Creative District Certification. After you’ve come up with a plan for your District, you can submit a formal application to the Creative Districts Program.
4. Begin your Creative District activities. If your community is granted certification, your community will begin to implement your plan and track your progress. We will provide technical assistance and other opportunities along the way as you increase the vibrancy of your community.
Are there Resources Available to Help Us Gain Certification?
Because the Creative Districts designation is new for Washington State, we want to make sure that your community can be successful in your bid for certification.
We have developed a set of tools for you to use as you go through the certification process. Based on economic and community development best practices, this ‘Community Readiness Toolkit’ will help you plan a successful Creative District.