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What we study: We have proprietary data on over 200 emerging and established sites of over 436 identified destination district superblocks, corridors and clusters, including views from some of the following emerging and established district configurations: arts district; arts district & marketplace; arts & antiques district; arts & cultural district; arts & design district; arts & entertainment district; arts & historical distric; arts & open studio district; arts & sciences district; arts deco district; arts, education & recreation district; arts & technology distric; arts & theatre district; arts & warehouse district; arts gateway district; arts overlay district; arts superblock; cultural arts district; cultural district; entertainment district; historic arts district; museum district; museum & theatre district; giftbox design district; performing arts district; photo district; theatre district; theatre arts district. NOTE: Giftbox Design is a shared TM trademark of the 7 Arts Foundation and Dr. Marshall Thomas.

Why the data is important to Members: Tourism, Commercial Businesses, Economic Development Agencies and Arts Agencies rely upon accurate profiles of MSAs and the urban destinations that attract artists, designers, dollars, a flurry of intellectual pursuits, and the companies, employees, retirees, developers and opportunistic entrepreneurs that often follow. Artists, designers, galleries, arts organizations and associations rely upon carefully studied trends that specifically point to active centers and other focal points where arts, design and cultural expressions are cherished as one combination or another of supportable, sustainable sources of inspiration, beliefs and values. Reference Pages:  Abstracts | Abstracts: Ratios | Marketing Essentials | Psychographics


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Our arts, design & cultural destinations, with 13 varieties of districts updated monthly

Destination Districts by Geographical Area: 

CN: Banff, Alberta, CN Calgary, Alberta, CN Edmonton, Alberta, CN Fernie, B.C. CN Hamilton, Ont., CN Kelowna, B.C., CN Kingston, CN  Kitchener, Ont., CN  Montreal, Ontario, CN Ottawa, Ontario, CN Regina, Saskatchawan, CN Saskatoon, ALB., CN  St. Catharines, CN  Toronto, Ontario, CN  Vancouver, British Columbia, CN Victoria, British Columbia, CN Winnipeg, Manitoba, CN

CHINA: Beijing, China West Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

FINLAND: Helsinki

UAE: Abu Dhabi, UAE

| AL: Birmingham, AL Fairhope, AL Huntsville, AL Mobile, AL North Port, AL Tuscaloosa, AL

| AK: Anchorage, AK Homer, AK Juneau, AK

| AZ: Bisbee, AZ Cave Creek, AZ Jerome, AZ Mesa, AZ Paradise Valley, AZ Phoenix, AZ Prescott, AZ Scottsdale, AZ Sedona, AZ Tubac, AZ Tucson, AZ

|| AR: Eureka Springs, AR Fayettesville, AR Hot Springs, AR Texarkana, AR Van Buren, AR

| CA: Agoura Hills, CA Alamo, CA Anaheim, CA Aptos, CA Benicia, CA Berkely, CA Beverly Hills, CA Brentwood, CA Calabasas, CA Cambria, CA Carmel, CA Costa Mesa, CA Culver City, CA Danville, CA East Garrison, CA Escondido, CA Eureka, CA Fresno, CA Hillsborough, CA La Canada-Flintridge, CA Lafayette, CA Laguna Beach, CA La Jolla, CA Long Beach, CA Los Altos, CA Los Angeles, CA Malibu, CA Manhattan Beach, CA Mendocino, CA Moraga, CA Newhall, CA Newport Beach, CA North County CA  North Hollywood, CA North Sacramento, CA Oakland, CA Ojai, CA Olympic Valley, CA Orinda, CA Palos Verdes Estates, CA Pasadena, CA Piedmont, CA Pomona, CA Rancho Palos Verde, CA Riverside, CA Sacramento, CA San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA San Jose, CA San Marino, CA Santa Barbara, CA Santa Cruz, CA Santa Monica, CA Saratoga, CA Sausalito, CA Solana Beach, CA Sonora, CA Temecula, CA Tollhouse, CA Truckee, CA Tustin Foothills, CA Universal City/North Hollywood, CA Ventura, CA

|| CO: Arvada, CO Aspen, CO Aurora, CO Boulder, CO Breckenridge, CO Colorado Springs, CO Creede, CO Cripple Creek, CO Delta, CO Denver, CO  Durango, CO Ft. Collins, CO Grand Junction, CO Lafayette, CO Loveland, CO Parker, CO  Pike's Peak, CO Snowmass Village, CO Steamboat Springs, CO

CT: Darien, CT East Haddam, CT Hartford, CT Mansfield, CT  Middletown, CT Midland, CT New Canaan, CT New Haven, CT Ridgefield, CT Westport, CT Willimantic, CT Woodside, CA

|| DE: Dover, DE  Wilmington, DE

| DC: Washington, D.C.

|| FL: Bradenton, FL Deland, FL Eustis, FL Ft. Lauderdale, FL Gainesville, FL Homestead, FL Jacksonville, FL  Key West, FL Maitland, FL Miami, FL  Naples, FL New Smyrna Beach, FL  Orlando, FL Palm Beach, FL Panama City, FL Sanford, FL Sarasota, FL Seaside, FL St. Augustine, FL St. Petersburg, FL Stuart, FL Tallahassee, FL Tampa, FL Vero Beach, FL White Springs, FL Winter Park, FL

| GA: Athens, GA Atlanta, GA Augusta, GA Brunswick, GA Raban Run, GA Sautee Valley, GA Savannah, GA

| HI: Hawaii National Park, HI Hilo, HI Honolulu, HI Kalapana, HI Maui County, HI

|| ID: Boise, ID Driggs, ID Idaho Falls, ID Nampa, ID Sandpoint, ID

| IL: Bloomington, IL Chicago, IL Galesburg, IL Highland Park, IL Hinsdale, IL Lake Forest, IL Marion, IL Oak Brook, IL Oak Park, IL Petersburg, IL Quincy, IL Rock Island, IL Rockford, IL Wilmette, IL

| IN: Bloomington, IN Carmel, IN Evansville, IN Indianapolis, IN Mount St. Francis, IN Nashville, IN Rising Sun, IN

| IA: Ames, IA Cedar Falls, IA Charles City, IA Cherokee, IA Clinton, IA Davenport, IA Decorah, IA Des Moines, IA Dubuque, IA Fairfield, IA Iowa City, IA Keokuk, IA Marion, IA Marshalltown, IA Mt. Ayr, IA Muscatine, IA Spencer, IA Washington, IA Waterloo, IA

ITALY: Bologna, IT

|| KS: Lawrence, KS

| KY: Berea, KY Campton, KY Covington, KY Danville, KY Louisville, KY Paducah, KY Tompkinsville, KY

| LA: Baton Rouge, LA Hammond, LA Houma, LA Lafayette, LA New Orleans, LA

| ME: Belfast, ME Blue Hill, ME Bowdoinham, ME Edgecomb, ME Old Town, ME Portland, ME Rockland, ME Skowhegan, ME South Paris, ME

| MD: Annapolis, MD Baltimore, MD Berlin, MD Bethesda, MD Brentwood, MD Cambridge, MD Cumberland, MD Denton, MD Hagerstown, MD Hyattsville, MD Mt. Ranier, MD North Brentwood, MD Potomac, MD Riverdale, MD Silver Spring, MD

| MA: Amherst, MA Boston, MA Cambridge, MA Chilmark, MA Concord, MA Cummington, MA Fall River, MA Haverhill, MA Lee, MA Lynn, MA Nantucket, MA New Bedford, MA North Adams, MA Northampton, MA Provincetown, MA Sommerville, MA Watertown, MA Wellesley, MA Wellfleet, MA Worcester, MA

| MI: Ann Arbor, MI Bloomfield Township, MI Detroit, MI Douglas, MI Flint, MI Holland, MI Midland, MI Saugatuck, MI Sault Ste. Marie, MI South Haven, MI

| MN: Grand Marais, MN Minneapolis, MN New York Mills, MN St. Cloud, MN St. Paul, MN

| MS: Bay St. Louis, MS Bemidji, MS Hattiesburg, MS Jackson, MS Ocean Springs, MS

||| MO: Branson, MO  Clarksville, MO  Columbia, MO Kansas City, MO Sedalia, MO St. Louis, MO Stoutland, MO Town And Country, MO University City/St. Louis, MO

| MT: Bozeman, MT Helena, MT Kalispell, MT Livingston, MT

| NE: Omaha, NE

| NV: Henderson, NV Las Vegas, NV Reno, NV Sparks, NV Virginia City, NV

|| NH: Contoocokk, NH Keene, NH Lebanon, NH Littleton, NH Manchester, NH Peterborough, NH Portsmouth, NH

| NJ: Asbury Park, NJ Camden, NJ Cape May, NJ Clinton, NJ Burlington, NJ Franklin Lakes, NJ Holmdel, NJ Jersey City, NJ Layton, NJ Livingston, NJ Millburn, NJ Millville, NJ Monmouth County, NJ New Brunswick, NJ Newark, NJ Red Bank, NJ Rehobeth Beach, NJ Ridgewood, NJ Short Hills, NJ Summit, NJ Tenafly, NJ Trenton, NJ Warren, NJ Wycoff, NJ

| NM: Albuquerque, NM Dixon, NM Roswell, NM Ruidoso, NM Santa Fe, NM Silver City, NM Taos, NM Truth Or Consequences, NM Vallecitos, NM

| NY: Andover, NY Austerlitz, NY Binghamton, NY Blue Mountain Lake, NY Bronx, NY Brooklyn, NY Buffalo, NY Chappaqua, NY Corning, NY Dix Hills, NY Garden City, NY Harrison, NY Ithaca, NY Katona, NY Lexington, NY Lewiston, NY Long Island, NY Mamaroneck Village, NY Mattituck, NY Melville, NY New York, NY Palenville, NY Peekskill, NY Riverhead, NY Rochester, NY Rosendale, NY Roslyn Heights, NY  Rye, NY Saratoga Springs, NY Scarsdale, NY Syosset, NY Syracuse, NY Troy, NY Utica, NY Woodmere, NY Woodstock, NY

|| NC: Asheville, NC Chapel Hill, NC Charlotte, NC Gastonia, NC  Greensboro, NC Penland/Mitchell County, NC Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Southern Pines, NC Washington, NC Wilson, NC Winston-Salem, NC

| ND: Fargo, ND

| OH: Akron, OH Athens, OH Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Dayton, OH Kettering, OH Moreland Hills, OH Penninsula, OH

| OK: Edmund, OK Oklahoma City, OK Tulsa, OK

| OR: Ashland, OR Astoria, OR Enterprise, OR Eugene, OR Joseph, OR McMinnville, OR Neskowin, OR Newport, OR Otis, OR Portland, OR Salem, OR Sandy, OR Seaside, OR Springfield, OR

| PA: Butler, PA Chester Springs, PA Easton, PA Greensburg, PA Lahaska, PA New Hope, PA State College, PA York, PA  Philadelphia, PA Pittsburgh, PA

| RI: Newport, RI Pawtucket, RI Providence, RI Westerly, RI Woonsocket, RI

|| SC: Charleston, SC  Columbia, SC Conway, SC Greenwood, SC   McCormick, SC  Seneca, SC 

|| SD: Deadwood, SD

|| TN: Chattanooga, TN Franklin, TN Gatlinburg, TN Johnson City, TN Memphis, TN Nashville, TN  River Oaks-Memphis, TN

| TX: Alpine, TX Austin, TX Clifton, TX Dallas, TX Denison, TX El Paso, TX Fredericksburg, TX Ft. Worth, TX Galveston, TX Houston, TX Ingram, TX Irving, TX Kerrville, TX Mc Allen, TX Preston Hollow Estates, TX Round Top, TX San Antonio, TX Smithville, TX Tanglewood, TX Texarkana, TX

U.K.: Newport, Eng., U.K.  Salford, Eng., U.K.

| UT: Bluff, UT Moab, UT Park City, UT Salt Lake City, UT Springville, UT

| VT: Brattleboro, VT Burlington, VT Dorset, VT Johnson, VT Montpelier, VT West Rutland, VT

|| VA: Alexandria (Old Town), VA Berryville, VA Floyd, VA Fredericksburg, VA Harrisonburg, VA McLean, VA Norfolk, VA Reston, VA Richmond, VA Staunton, VA Sweet Briar, VA Virginia Beach, VA

| WA: Bellingham, WA Bremerton, WA Colville, WA Friday Harbor, WA Kirkland, WA  LaConner, WA Langley, WA Port Townsend, WA Richland, WA Seattle, WA  Spokane, WA Tacoma, WA Twisp, WA Wenatchee, WA

| WV: Berkely Springs, WV Charleston, WV Parkersburg, WV Shepherdstown, WV

| WI: Cedarville, WI Door County, WI Madison, WI Milwaukee, WI Mineral Point, WI Racine, WI Sheboygan, WI

| WY: Clearmont, WY Cody, WY Jackson, WY University of Wyoming, WY

Destination Districts, by Alpha

Abu Dhabi, UAE  Agoura Hills, CA  Akron, OH  Alamo, CA   Albuquerque, NM   Alexandria (Old Town), VA   Alpine, TX   Ames, IA   Amherst, MA   Anaheim, CA   Anchorage, AK   Andover, NY   Ann Arbor, MI   Annapolis, MD   Aptos, CA  Arvada, CO   Asbury Park, NJ   Asheville, NC   Ashland, OR   Aspen, CO   Astoria, OR   Athens, GA   Athens, OH   Atlanta, GA   Augusta, GA   Aurora, CO   Austerlitz, NY    Austin, TX   Baltimore, MD   Banff, Alberta, CN   Baton Rouge, LA   Bay St. Louis, MS   Beijing, China   Belfast, ME   Bellingham, WA   Bemidji, MS   Benicia, CA   Berea, KY   Berkely Springs, WV   Berkely, CA   Berlin, MD   Berryville, VA   Bethesda, MD  Beverly Hills, CA   Binghamton, NY   Birmingham, AL   Bisbee, AZ  Bloomfield Township, MI   Bloomington, IL  Bloomington, IN   Blue Hill, ME   Blue Mountain Lake, NY   Bluff, UT   Boise, ID   Bologna, IT  Boston, MA    Boulder, CO   Bowdoinham, ME  Bozeman, MT   Bradenton, FL   Branson, MO   Brattleboro, VT   Breckenridge, CO  Bremerton, WA   Brentwood, CA  Brentwood, MD   Bronx, NY   Brooklyn, NY   Brunswick, GA   Buffalo, NY   Burlington, NJ   Burlington, VT   Butler, PA  Calabasas, CA   Calgary, Alberta, CN   Cambria, CA   Cambridge, MD   Cambridge, MA  Camden, NJ   Campton, KY   Cape May, NJ   Carmel, CA   Carmel, IN   Cave Creek, AZ   Cedar Falls, IA   Cedarville, WI  Chapel Hill, NC   Chappaqua, NY  Charles City, IA   Charleston, SC   Charleston, WV   Charlotte, NC   Chattanooga, TN   Cherokee, IA   Chester Springs, PA    Chicago, IL   Chilmark, MA    Cincinnati, OH   Clarksville, MO  Clearmont, WY    Cleveland, OH   Clifton, TX   Clinton, IA   Clinton, NJ   Cody, WY   Colorado Springs, CO   Columbia, SC   Columbia, MO   Columbus, OH   Colville, WA   Concord, MA  Contoocokk, NH   Conway, SC   Corning, NY   Costa Mesa, CA   Covington, KY   Creede, CO   Cripple Creek, CO   Culver City, CA  Cumberland, MD  Cummington, MA    Dallas, TX   Danville, CA  Danville, KY  Darien, CT   Davenport, IA   Dayton, OH   Deadwood, SD   Decorah, IA   Deland, FL   Delta, CO   Denison, TX   Denton, MD   Denver, CO   Des Moines, IA   Detroit, MI   Dix Hills, NY  Dixon, NM  Door County, WI   Dorset, VT   Douglas, MI   Dover, DE   Driggs, ID   Dubuque, IA   Durango, CO   East Garrison, CA   East Haddam, CT   Easton, PA    Edgecomb, ME   Edmonton, Alberta, CN   Edmund, OK   El Paso, TX  Enterprise, OR  Escondido, CA   Eugene, OR  Eureka, CA   Eureka Springs, AR   Eustis, FL   Evansville, IN   Fairfield, IA   Fairhope, AL  Fall River, MA    Fargo, ND  Fayettesville, AR  Fernie, B.C. CN  Flint, MI   Floyd, VA   Franklin, TN   Franklin Lakes, NJ  Fredericksburg, VA   Fredericksburg, TX   Fresno, CA   Friday Harbor, WA   Ft. Collins, CO  Ft. Lauderdale, FL   Ft. Worth, TX   Gainesville, FL   Galesburg, IL   Galveston, TX   Garden City, NY  Gastonia, NC  Gatlinburg, TN   Grand Junction, CO   Grand Marais, MN   Greensboro, NC   Greensburg, PA  Greenwood, SC  Hagerstown, MD   Hamilton, Ont., CN  Hammond, LA   Harrison, NY  Harrisonburg, VA   Hartford, CT   Hattiesburg, MS    Haverhill, MA   Hawaii National Park, HI    Helena, MT   Helsinki, FINLAND   Henderson, NV  Highland Park, IL  Hilo, HI   Hillsborough, CA  Hinsdale, IL  Holland, MI  Holmdel, NJ   Homer, AK   Homestead, FL,  Honolulu, HI   Hot Springs, AR   Houma, LA   Houston, TX   Huntsville, AL   Hyattsville, MD   Idaho Falls, ID   Indianapolis, IN Ingram, TX    Iowa City, IA   Irving, TX   Ithaca, NY   Jackson, MS   Jackson, WY   Jacksonville, FL   Jerome, AZ   Jersey City, NJ   Johnson, VT   Johnson City, TN   Joseph, OR   Juneau, AK   Kalapana, HI   Kalispell, MT   Kansas City, MO   Katona, NY  Keene, NH   Kelowna, B.C., CN   Keokuk, IA   Kerrville, TX   Kettering, OH   Key West, FL  Kingston, CN  Kirkland, WA  Kitchener, Ont., CN  La Canada-Flintridge, CA   LaConner, WA   Lafayette, CA  Lafayette, CO   Lafayette, LA   Laguna Beach, CA   Lahaska, PA  La Jolla, CA  Lake Forest, IL   Langley, WA    Layton, NJ    Las Vegas, NV   Lawrence, KS   Lebanon, NH   Lee, MA   Lexington, NY   Lewiston, NY   Littleton, NH   Livingston, MT  Livingston, NJ   Long Beach, CA  Long Island, NY  Los Altos, CA  Los Angeles, CA   Louisville, KY   Loveland, CO   Lynn, MA   Madison, WI   Maitland, FL   Malibu, CA  Mamaroneck Village, NY   Manchester, NH   Manhattan Beach, CA  Mansfield, CT  Marion, IL   Marion, IA   Marshalltown, IA   Mattituck, NY   Maui County, HI   Mc Allen, TX   McLean, VA  McCormick, SC   McMinnville, OR   Melville, NY   Memphis, TN   Mendocino, CA   Mesa, AZ   Miami, FL   Middletown, CT   Midland, CT   Midland, MI   Millburn, NJ   Millville, NJ   Milwaukee, WI   Mineral Point, WI   Minneapolis, MN   Moab, UT   Mobile, AL   Monmouth County, NJ   Montpelier, VT   Montreal, Ontario, CN  Moraga, CA  Moreland Hills, OH   Mt. Ayr, IA   Mt. Ranier, MD   Mount St. Francis, IN   Muscatine, IA   Nampa, ID   Nantucket, MA   Naples, FL   Nashville, IN   Nashville, TN   Neskowin, OR   New Bedford, MA   New Brunswick, NJ   New Canaan, CT   New Haven, CT   New Hope, PA   New Orleans, LA  New Smyrna Beach, FL    New York, NY   New York Mills, MN   Newark, NJ   Newhall, CA   Newport, Eng., U.K.  Newport, OR   Newport, RI   Newport Beach, CA   Norfolk, VA   North Adams, MA   North Brentwood, MD  North County, CA   North Hollywood, CA   North Port, AL  North Sacramento, CA   Northampton, MA   Oak Brook, IL  Oak Park, IL   Oakland, CA   Ocean Springs, MS   Ojai, CA   Oklahoma City, OK   Old Town, ME   Olympic Valley, CA    Omaha, NE   Orinda, CA  Orlando, FL   Ottawa, Ontario, CN   Otis, OR  Paducah, KY   Palenville, NY   Palm Beach, FL  Palos Verdes Estates, CA  Panama City, FL  Paradise Valley, AZ  Park City, UT  Parker, CO   Parkersburg, WV   Pasadena, CA   Pawtucket, RI   Peekskill, NY   Penland/Mitchell County, NC   Penninsula, OH    Peterborough, NH   Petersburg, IL   Philadelphia, PA   Phoenix, AZ   Piedmont, CA  Pike's Peak, CO   Pittsburgh, PA   Pomona, CA   Port Townsend, WA   Portland, ME   Portland, OR   Portsmouth, NH   Potomac, MD  Prescott, AZ  Preston Hollow Estates, TX   Providence, RI   Provincetown, MA   Quincy, IL   Raban Run, GA    Racine, WI   Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC   Rancho Palos Verde, CA  Red Bank, NJ    Regina, Saskatchawan, CN   Rehobeth Beach, NJ   Reno, NV   Reston, VA   Richland, WA  Richmond, VA   Ridgefield, CT  Ridgewood, NJ  Rising Sun, IN   River Oaks-Memphis, TN  Riverdale, MD   Riverhead, NY   Riverside, CA   Rochester, NY   Rock Island, IL   Rockford, IL   Rockland, ME   Rosendale, NY   Roslyn Heights, NY  Roswell, NM   Round Top, TX  Ruidoso, NM  Rye, NY   Sacramento, CA   Salem, OR   Salford, U.K.  Salt Lake City, UT   San Antonio, TX   San Diego, CA   San Francisco, CA   San Jose, CA   San Marino, CA  Sandpoint, ID   Sandy, OR  Sanford, FL    Santa Barbara, CA   Santa Cruz, CA   Santa Fe, NM   Santa Monica, CA  Sarasota, FL   Saratoga, CA   Saratoga Springs, NY    Saskatoon, CN  Saugatuck, MI   Sault Ste. Marie, MI   Sausalito, CA   Sautee Valley, GA   Savannah, GA   Scarsdale, NY  Scottsdale, AZ   Seaside, FL  Seaside, OR   Seattle, WA   Sedalia, MO   Sedona, AZ   Seneca, SC  Sheboygan, WI   Shepherdstown, WV   Short Hills, NJ  Silver City, NM   Silver Spring, MD    Skowhegan, ME   Smithville, TX   Snowmass Village, CO   Solana Beach, CA  Sommerville, MA   Sonora, CA   South Haven, MI   South Paris, ME   Southern Pines, NC   Sparks, NV   Spencer, IA   Spokane, WA   Springfield, OR   Springville, UT   St. Augustine, FL  St. Catharines, CN   St. Cloud, MN   St. Louis, MO   St. Paul, MN   St. Petersburg, FL   State College, PA   Staunton, VA   Steamboat Springs, CO   Stoutland, MO   Stuart, FL  Summit, NJ    Sweet Briar, VA   Syosset, NY   Syracuse, NY    Tacoma, WA   Tallahassee, FL   Tampa, FL   Taos, NM   Tanglewood, TX   Taos, NM   Temecula, CA  Tenafly, NJ   Texarkana, AR   Texarkana, TX   Tollhouse, CA   Tompkinsville, KY   Toronto, Ontario, CN  Town And Country, MO   Trenton, NJ   Troy, NY   Truckee, CA   Truth Or Consequences, NM  Tubac, AZ   Tucson, AZ   Tulsa, OK   Tuscaloosa, AL   Tustin Foothills, CA  Twisp, WA   Universal City/North Hollywood, CA   University City/St. Louis, MO   University of  Wyoming, WY   Utica, NY    Vallecitos, NM   Van Buren, AR   Vancouver, British Columbia, CN   Ventura, CA   Vero Beach, FL   Victoria, British Columbia, CN   Virginia Beach, VA  Virginia City, NV   Warren, NJ  Washington, D.C.   Washington, IA   Washington, NC   Waterloo, IA   Watertown, MA  Wellesley, MA  Wellfleet, MA   Wenatchee, WA   West Kowloon, Hong Kong, China    West Rutland, VT   Westerly, RI   Westport, CT  White Springs, FL   Willimantic, CT   Wilmette, IL  Wilmington, DE  Wilson, NC   Winnipeg, Manitoba, CN   Winston-Salem, NC  Winter Park, FL   Woodmere, NY  Woodside, CA   Woodstock, NY  Woonsocket, RI   Worcester, MA  Wycoff, NJ   York, PA

DESTINATION DISTRICTS BY TYPE: Many Member and Guest Entris appear on the Vote Page ; additional listings are available to Members.

2007 REPORT to the 7 Arts Foundation Board of  Directors : Bold lettering indicates we have complete, up-to-date tracking data; to add your data set to our foundation database, please contact ruth@7artsfoundation.org . Do you want to find out more about some of the world's great destination districts? Please go to our FAVOURITE LINKS PAGE for websites, e-mail addresses, contact information.

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WHAT GIVES MEANING........ in these arts-design-cultural districts? Here are outcomes from our latest survey of Southern States in the USA... See our latest POLL - which anyone can enter.

The Top Twenty-eight Destination District Arts Cluster, Superblock and Corridor Varieties:

Arts District   Arts District & Marketplace  Arts & Antiques District   Arts & Cultural District   Arts & Design District   Arts & Entertainment District   Arts & Historical District  Arts & Open Studios District  Arts & Sciences District     Arts Deco District  Arts Education & Recreation District  Arts & Technology District   Arts & Theatre District  Arts & Warehouse District   Arts Gateway District   Arts Overlay District  Arts Superblock  Cultural Arts District  Cultural District   Entertainment District  Historic Arts District   Museum District  Museum & Theatre District   Giftbox Design District TM    Performing Arts District  Photo District   Theatre District  Theatre Arts District


The Meaning Index: 

  • Public art as anchors for urban identity
  • Temporary installations, performances animating streetscapes, open spaces and buildings
  • Techne and labels that underscore the attractiveness of the corridor
  • Advocacy to attract workers, residents
  • Public participation, both invented and by virtue of arts agglomerations in ethnic neighborhoods
  • Providing meaningful, gainful employment
  • Acclaimable artist participation
  • Commissioning, making art
  • Maintaining, preserving art
  • Meeting funding challenges
  • Complementing adjacent business activities
  • Producing event opportunities
  • Positioning the arts at the centre of urban revitalization efforts
  • Expanding tax bases, reinforcing the value of artists' work

Copyright 2005, by ARTS ANSWERS

See What's New: Aesthetic Determinism Page Excerpt - FIRST & BEST, Edition 1, Volume 1 | a Staff Report by the 7 Arts Foundation

Most Frequently Employed Methods

BUILDINGS RECYCLED -- Continent-wide, nearly all districts adopted a definable corridor wherein the following occurred: the adaptive use of old buildings for new purposes; the continued use of significant buildings for an extended, useful life; and, the combination of new and old buildings clustered together, including those receiving additions, for image enhancement, identity re-inforcement and overall efficiency.

COMMUNITIES REVITALIZED -- Developers generally breathed new life into residential tracts showing a moderate to high density, recycling both commercial and mixed-use clusters of buildings; and, both development and community revitalization support efforts were undertaken to invent new economic and community utility in older tracts where linkages, gateways and other elements could be successfully combined.

PRESERVATION ADDED -- Where appropriate, general preservation efforts contributed to the corridors, adding to the symbolic economy of communities.

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ARTS, DESIGN OR CULTURE-BASED DESTINATION DISTRICT | Definition from the Lexicon Page  | 2008 Update

A local arts, design or culture-based destination district is, by consensus definition of the membership in the 7 Arts Foundation, a nonprofit or private regional organization, or an agency of city or county government agency, which provides planning and developing, managing and programming services, assessing and financing support, all designed to attract, maintain and grow individual and collaborative arts, design and/or cultural pursuits that work to reflect the values, beliefs and ideals in a particular community or region in ways that foster the establishment of expressive elements--all made to be experienced--that define the district‘s boundaries, exhibit the district‘s commitment to its individual and institutional members, guests and participants.


How do corridor operators help newcomers and newly established businesses navigate through the maze of helpful but often discreet agencies, offices, departments and institutions in an arts corridor? THE ESSENTIAL DISTRICT CONTACT CHECKLIST can help anyone settle into district life, work and community or simply assist residents and workers in times of need. MEMBERS e-mail our data and statistics desk, jbt@7artsfoundation.org for your free 2-page fax copy, today.


Did you know including a Welcome Packet for prospective residential and business participants has been shown to be one the most effective tools in your district marketing arsenal? MEMBERS, E-mail us at drthomas@7artsfoundation.org for a 2-page fax copy of KEY ELEMENTS FOR A DISTRICT WELCOME PACKET. A complete Welcome Packet sets your neighborhood and corridor apart. Order your free Member checklist, today.

Why People Respond To Arts & Cultural Corridors

The following were cited as the top seven reasons corridor participants developed or supported their districts: 1.  They needed destination space; 2.  They wanted to improve the value and quality of their neighborhood, work site or company headquarters area; 3.  They recognized an intrinsic value in fulfilling a special cultural or arts interest expressed amidst saved, valued structures and spaces; 4. They responded to a request from neighbors or a community advocacy organization; 5.  They sought to engender improved employee relations and to retain trained workers; 6. They saw they could train up children to appreciate their heritage and work ethic, past customs and traditions; and, 7. They could contribute funds, in-kind services and materials in return for much-needed tax write-offs.

Copyright 1999, by ARTS DISTRICTS INTERNATIONAL GENERAL STUDY     Used with permission.


If your group feels it can meet today's challenges, ask who you're training to tackle tomorrow's trials; you will then know much about your group's future. --- Excerpt, MISSION MANIFESTO, co-published with the 7 Arts Foundation, copyright 1995, by Marshall A. Thomas III


If you are ever not satisfactorily served by a requested 7 Arts Foundation training program or advisory project, for any reason, you will receive a full and prompt refund on all remaining days of your Membership or the term of your service covenant, no questions asked.


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7AF:  Downtown District Solutions Arts Marketplace Solutions Antiques Design Downtown Entertainment District Historical Open Studios Sciences Art Deco Education Recreation Technology Theatre Warehouse Arts Gateway Arts Overlay Arts Superblock Cultural Historic Arts Museum Giftblox Design Performing Arts Photo Theater Arts District Downtown Solutions

The Identified Potential Users of Arts-Design-Cultural Places, from the 2005 Study

Nationwide outcomes from towns and villages (USA) ...

90 types of Retail operations fit over 85% of the arts & cultural corridor requirements of district developers studied

32 types of Office operations fit over 80% of development criteria as to what segments of workers would be most likely to support MXD, MXB and hub-structured districts

40 types of core Arts operations fit over 90% of both mission and development critieria for developers and underwriters responding to our study

80 types of Public Expressions fit over 80% of both mission and development critieria for developers, participating artists and underwriters

11 types of Travel-related operations (not included in the Office operations, above) fit the development critieria for over 85% of both participating developers and underwriters

Listings of these fit operations and expressions can be found in PLANNING, DEVELOPING & MANAGING ARTS DISTRICTS, Planning Volume. Go to the ADVISORIES & CONSULTING AIDS page in this site for more information.

Outcomes From Our 2003 Study of Village & Town Events in Over 120 Arts or Cultural Corridors with populations of 50,000 or less

The Premiere Events: in order of frequency: Parades; Dances; Food Events/Local Vendors; Beer Gardens; Children's Contests; Arts/Crafts Fairs; Queen Pageants; Other Contests

The Second-Tier Events: in order... : Kiddie Parades; Concerts; Food Events/Families; Flea Markets; Community Barbeques; Fireman's Water Fights; Senior Citizen Programs; Carnivals

The Third-Tier Events: Food Events/Outside Vendor; Kiddie Carnivals; Other Children's Events; Ecumenical Worship Services; Food Events/Volunteers; Crazy Days; Senior King & Queen Socials; Ethnic Food Events

The Fourth-Tier Events: Ethnic Concerts; Ethnic Dancing; Children's Story Hours; Community Religious Services; Other Ethnic-centered Events; Water Events; Fishing Contests; Farm-Related Events

The Fifth-Tier Events: Picnics; Boat Races; Junior King & Queen Socials; Waterski Shows; Bandstand Cakewalks; Swimming Races

ALL TIER OUTCOMES DESCRIBED & TIERED VOLUNTARILY BY PARTICIPANTS IN THEIR SURVEY SUBMISSIONS to 7 ARTS FOUNDATION and its survey partner, UACY without editorial comment or additional categorizing.   Copyright 1996, 2003, by UACY and ARTS ANSWERS


Community leaders have long told us they want effective, cost-efficient change to occur in neighborhoods that can be transformed into a district, provided they can generally sell the following to their constituents within the proposed zone and to their constituents working, living in tangent zones:

  • That re-used homes and business facilities can be occupied quickly by comparison with razing properties and then building anew;
  • That recycled spaces eliminate most dislocation problems when compared with razing structures and then building over old sites;
  • That underutilized or abandoned buildings, often with their owners and occupants defaulting on tax obligations, can be returned to tax-paying status or meaningful contribution status (if used by nonprofits) without an appreciable increase in the out-of-pocket cost for community services and infrastructre improvements; and that the community gains a destination site without incurring costly financial risks spread over many years with little or no recourse against defaulting parties and rarely a first or second debt position.

Copyright 2005, by ARTS ANSWERS

Excerpted - FIRST & BEST, Edition 1, Volume 2, A Staff Report from the 7 Arts Foundation

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