In the month of October, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law Assembly Bill 189. This law has empowered the California Arts Council to designate areas of California as Cultural Districts. The bill was set into law in the hopes that the California Arts Council would foster Art Districts throughout the state, which would enhance creativity and reinvent landscapes throughout popular cities in the state.
California Arts Council
Craig Watson is the Director of the California Arts Council, and he could not be more thrilled about the Assembly Bill that was signed into law. He believe it will help strengthen local communities through economic growth, increased tourism, and community cohesion. Resources are expected to strengthen existing districts, while developing new cultural hubs, statewide. There are huge connections between art and creativity, and creativity can turn into innovation. Governor Brown and the California Arts Council hope that the bill will allow California to remain the nation’s leader in the development of theatrical films, television, cable & Internet programs, video games, and hardware & software services.
The role art districts play in the United States
California is just one of fifteen states trying to transform the evolving, creative economy in the United States. Art districts are intended to create vibrant and productive communities. They are usually found in a metropolitan city centers, and are filled with art galleries, dance clubs, theaters, art cinemas, music venues, public performance squares, cafes, restaurants, and retail shops. They provide people with different ways of enjoying art, while understanding different cultures. Cities find art districts to be extremely important to the community because they help attract, nurture, and retain a creative workforce needed to succeed in the new economy. Creativity from these art districts allow for a successful economy.
Art and culture in the community
The California Arts Council has long been an advocate for enhancing creativity in California schools, as well as anywhere art is displayed. The new bill means they can expand throughout different parts of California communities. The Council states they will now be able to collaborate with public agencies and private entities to maximize the benefits to the local and state economy. The CAC claims that they plan to work on challenges that the California arts community is facing. These include the difficulty artists have supporting themselves, lack or art education in public schools, and difficulty promoting the art. The organization also believes there is a lack of government funding and attention to the arts from policymakers and elected officials. Hopefully now they see that with the Governor’s help, these issues can be solved.
Art culture plays such an important role in cities throughout the country. We might not think about it because art is only one dimensional to some people. As you can see, the California Arts Council can now provide the state with a wide variety of art and culture. People living in the United States travel to other countries to get a sense of their culture through art, so why not enhance the United States to become a nation of pronounced art and culture?