California Arts Council

State of California

State Cultural Districts


On October 1, 2015 Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 189 (Author Asm Richard Bloom), which empowers the California Arts Council to designate areas as state cultural districts. Cultural districts are defined as well-recognized, labeled areas of a geographical area in which a high concentration of cultural facilities, creative enterprises, or arts venues serve as the main anchor of attraction.

The California Arts Council is undergoing a planning process for the new California Statewide Cultural Districts Program. It is expected that the program will launch in 2017.

CLICK HERE to view an update issued 8/9/2016.

Public Input Meetings

Between August and November 2016, we held five public input meetings in various locations across the state, as noted below. Click here to view a PDF of the presentation shared at these meetings.

  • “True North” Public Input Meeting – September 8th in Redding
  • Central Valley Public Input Meeting – September 29th  in Fresno
  • San Diego Region Public Input Meeting – October 3rd in Escondido
  • Bay Area Public Input Meeting – October 5th in Oakland
  • Los Angeles Public Input Meeting – October 24th in Los Angeles

Learn More

Interested in staying up to date on the development of the program? Complete the sign-up form at this link.