Escondido, CA

Public input on the arts sought Oct. 3

Public input on “state-designated cultural districts” will be sought at a free public forum for the San Diego re­gion of the California Arts Council on October 3, 4–6 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron of Escondido co-authored AB 189, which has empowered the California Arts Council to designate areas as state cultural districts. The California Arts Council is currently engaged in a plan­ning process to develop California’s first official statewide cultural districts program.

A cultural district is defined as a geo­graphical area with a concentration of cultural facilities, creative enterprises, or arts venues. Input from the public is requested to help the Arts Council develop a program that is reflective of the unique opportunities and chal­lenges that exist in diverse communi­ties across California. It is expected that the new statewide cultural districts program will launch in early 2017.

All interested members of the public are invited to attend this free public fo­rum and share input.

Stakeholders from the following sectors are highly encouraged to at­tend: the arts, local business owners, community organizations, chambers of commerce, local government, main street associations, departments of transportation, public safety, planning and development.

RSVP by September 26th at https://­lic input-meeting-escondido-tick­ets 27283214830

Participants are encouraged to con­sider these questions when providing input: • When you think of “cultural districts,” what comes to mind for you? • What would be the benefits of a cultural district in your community? • Whose involvement would be essential to the success of a cultural district in your community?

More information is available at districts-whats-next/

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