Eureka among first selected as California Cultural Arts District
EUREKA - Eureka will be part of a marketing campaign with international reach now that the city has been selected as one of fourteen Cultural Arts Districts.
The California Arts Council combed through dozens of applicants and conducted site visits before making its selections.
Eureka's pitch was bolstered by the adoption of the strategic arts plan in February. That plan outlined a vision for how the arts can enrich both the economy and local culture.
The designation comes with a stipend that will be re-invested in art-based initiatives. The district itself encompasses Eureka's Waterfront through old town and includes historic sites like Blue Ox Millworks and Carson Mansion.
Eureka Development Services Director Rob Holmlund said, "Tourism and art tourism can be big part of our economy and so we now have something that we really need to build upon and start marketing and get the word out to the rest of the state and the rest of the world that Eureka's a great art destination."