Governor signs Creative Districts Legislation
The Legislature passed SHB 1183 on April 17, 2017 and Governor Inslee signed the bill on May 8th. The bill authorizes ArtsWA to develop and administer a certified creative districts program. Modeled after Colorado's successful program, creative districts, certified by the state, incentivizes local communities to create hubs of economic activity around cultural activites and other non-arts, but supportive businesses.
"We're just beginning to work on an implementation plan that will involve stakeholders to help develop the criteria for the program." said ArtsWA Executive Director Karen Hanan. "We're also waiting to see if the legislature passes a budget that includes the funds necessary to administer the program and to provide small technical assistance grants."