Thursday, July 22, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am

This webinar was presented to CCM members only.
The recording and other resources are available below for all.

PA 19-143 AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MUNICIPAL CULTURAL DISTRICTS was adopted in 2019 by the Connecticut General Assembly. The Act authorizes municipalities to adopt cultural districts for marketing arts and culture attractions, encouraging artists and artistic and cultural enterprises, and promoting tourism. The Cultural District program is administered by DECD which has adopted standards and criteria for District designation.

Information covered includes:

  1. the overarching goals of the Cultural District program and benefits of designation;
  2. the standards and criteria, as well as the process, for District designation
  3. the role of the Designated Regional Service Organizations (DRSO) in the process; and
  4. the first-hand experience of the Town of Ridgefield which is the first community to secure a Cultural District designation.

Recording (YouTube)
Slide Deck (PDF)


Patrick McMahon
Connecticut Main Street Center

Liz Shapiro
Director of Arts
Preservation and Museums, DECD

Lisa Scails
Executive Director
Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

Wendy Bury
Executive Director
Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition

Geoffrey Morris
Ridgefield Economic & Community Development Commission

Glori Norwitt
Ridgefield Economic & Community Development Commission