Jeffersonville, Ind. – Jeffersonville’s NoCo Arts & Cultural District just gained accreditation from the State of Indiana.
The Indiana Arts Commission approved NoCo, which encompasses 22 blocks north of Court Avenue, as a statewide Designated Cultural District.
The City of Jeffersonville is one of only ten districts recognized in the state.
A Statewide Designated Cultural District is a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area of a community in which high concentrations of cultural assets serve as the anchor. Indiana Statewide Cultural Districts seek to make Indiana stronger through the arts and culture. Indiana Statewide Cultural Districts support community life and economic vitality.
“This accreditation shows a commitment from our City, our partners, and our community that we value the arts and understand the positive impact it makes within our region and in our community,” Jeffersonville Public Art Administrator Dawn Spyker said.
The designation is very important to the vetting of the district. The next steps will happen concurrently and will include the development of The Depot (entertainment, retail and food) space, the interior renovations of the public art building (to include 6 indoor art studio spaces) and an authentic and usable long-range plan to be led by a nationally well-known public arts professional (name to be announced soon).
“This is a huge honor the City is really proud of and has worked years towards,” Mayor Mike Moore said. “We’ve come a long way and this designation shows how serious the City is about our Arts & Cultural District. It is now another destination in downtown Jeff. The district will further expand our growth and development in the area. It’s only the start of even more great things to come.”
Spyker said this has been six years in the making. Thanks to a commitment from City officials, SoIN Tourism and local volunteers, the City has been able to transform a blighted area into an arts and cultural hub.
“It shows validation from the state level that our efforts are recognized,” Spyker said. “We are excited to grow into an inclusive and dynamic district for all to enjoy.”
Moore credited Economic and Redevelopment Director Rob Waiz for having the vision and foresight in promoting the need for the Arts & Cultural District. “So many people are responsible for making this happen, but Rob was the first to see the economic benefits of transforming this area of our downtown into a unique and creative place for residents and visitors.”