NEW ORLEANS – On April 16, the Wall Street Journal recognized New Orleans as one of the American cities leading the way in using cultural and arts districts as an economic development tool to revitalize smaller cities. To read the article, click here.
“Our cultural arts districts help emphasize the importance of art in creating and sustaining our cultural identity. This is not just about preserving music, dancing in the streets and our world renowned cuisine; this is about people, creativity, jobs and business. Without preserving the arts in our city, our communities would lack the uniqueness that develop artistic and cultural epicenters like New Orleans,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We are proud that our cultural economy serves as a model for the nation, and we are a richer city because of our preservation and investments in our cultural assets.”
New Orleans is one of the leading centers in the world for the intersection of creativity and commerce. The cultural economy employs a major portion of our workforce, fuels tourism and shapes the day to day lives of New Orleanians.
As lieutenant governor, Landrieu led the effort to rebuild the tourism industry and the tens of thousands of jobs it creates. He launched the Cultural Economy Initiative to quantify and grow jobs in Louisiana’s culture, music, food, film and art industries. Landrieu also created the World Cultural Economic Forum.
In 2010, Mayor Landrieu created the Office of Cultural Economy whose mission is to create opportunities and systems that enable true economic activities and growth of cultural economy stakeholders and the public.
The City has a Cultural Products District (CPD) Program, which revitalizes communities and contributes to the livelihoods of residents by creating locally driven hubs of cultural activity. The program provides incentives for communities to create or rebuild cultural destinations.
Cultural Products Districts in New Orleans include Treme/7th Ward, Gentilly-Pontchartrain Park, Old Algiers and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.
CPDs play a vital role in the life, economic and cultural development of New Orleans. Most focus on a cultural asset such as a major art institution, art and entertainment businesses, and/or artisan production. These communities are actively engaged in the promotion, preservation, and educational aspects of the arts and culture of the neighborhood.
For more information on New Orleans Cultural Products Districts, visit nola.gov/cultural-products-