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Is a Creative or Cultural District Right For Chapel Hill?

Is a Cultural or Creative District Right for Chapel Hill?
Is a Cultural or Creative District Right for Chapel Hill?

What is a cultural district?  Who benefits from a cultural district?  What cultural and creative assets currently exist in Chapel Hill?  Join us on Friday, April 25 at noon at the Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B to learn the answers to these questions and hear more about the Town of Chapel Hill's desire to develop a downtown cultural district.


One of the "A Place for Everyone" goals of the 2020 Chapel Hill Comprehensive Plan is the development of an Arts & Entertainment District as a way of increasing participation in downtown and as an economic development tool.  This semester UNC seniors from Dr. Pete Andrew's Public Policy Seminar researched the creative and cultural districts of other communities across the country and carefully mapped the creative and cultural assets that currently exist on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. 

In addition, they identified and mapped some 53 cultural organizations on campus and located potential venues for arts presentation.  


Simultaneous to this research, another student from Environmental Sciences, Emily Bowe interned with the Cultural Arts Division of the Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department.  She researched and categorized creative and cultural assets along Franklin and Rosemary Streets, including galleries, local restaurants, architectural firms, entrepreneurial startups and other organizations and businesses that deal in creative products and services.  She also uncovered many organizations without storefronts that figure prominently in the creative capital of downtown Chapel Hill.


The research team will present not only their findings; they will also make some recommendations for Chapel Hill. A light lunch will be served courtesy of the Town and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register or if you have questions, please contact Jeffrey York at or 919-968-2750. 


About the Office of Public & Cultural Arts:

The Town of Chapel Hill's Public and Cultural Arts Office, a division of the Parks & Recreation Department, develops and implements art programs to increase public access to the arts, provides opportunities for local artists to display their work, and promotes public understanding and awareness of the arts. The Office is advised by and works collaboratively with the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission, an 11-member volunteer board established in 1992, and appointed by the Town Council.

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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is working to bring 
together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community  to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. 
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