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Oklahoma Cultural District Initiative

Through the Oklahoma Cultural District Initiative, the Oklahoma Arts Council offers funding, guidance, professional consultation, and formal certification of cultural districts throughout Oklahoma. Through the initiative, we assist communities in identifying and leveraging their local arts and cultural assets to promote economic development.

Cultural District Certification

NOTE: Cultural District Certification is currently inactive due.

Established districts that meet program criteria may be eligible to receive formal certification as a Oklahoma Arts Council Certified Cultural District.

Learn more about Cultural District Certification.

Cultural District Development Program (grants currently not available)

The Oklahoma Arts Council can support the establishment of cultural districts in Oklahoma communities. Nonprofit cultural organizations must serve as primary applicants for each district. Applications must demonstrate support from community stakeholders including city/county officials, businesses, artists, and educators.

Learn more about the Cultural District Development Program (grants currently not available)

What is a cultural district?

A cultural district is a mixed-use area of a community in which a high concentration of arts and cultural facilities or activities serves as the anchor of attraction. Cultural districts can be found in communities of all sizes - rural and urban. Ideally, a district reflects its community's unique built environment and history, showcases the region's artists and cultural traditions, and increases social engagement.

Cultural districts act as an agent for positive growth in a community by:

For more information contact our Director of Rural and Creative Community Outreach.