Ridgefield could become Connecticut’s first town with a state-designated cultural district.
The Connecticut Office of the Arts instituted the cultural district legislative statute in October 2019 to define “regional provider(s) of arts and cultural leadership for the support of state and municipal economies.” State officials defined a cultural district as a “specific area of a city or town identified by the municipality that has a number of cultural facilities, activities and assets — both for-profit and nonprofit,” located in a central, walkable area.
Essentially it is a town’s cultural hub offering artistic and economic activities that enhance a community. After learning about the state’s program, Ridgefield’s Economic and Community Development Commission “jumped on it right away,” and applied, according to commission Director Geoffrey Morris.
“Ridgefield is perfectly planned for that,” Morris said.