Ridgefield could be the first town in CT with an official cultural district

Repost: NewsTimes by Shayla Colon | March 15, 2021 

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.

“From Keeler Tavern up to the library over to the Ridgefield Theater Barn and the Playhouse and everything in between there, it’s really a perfect town for the designation,” he added. 

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