ART-citement at the Midtown Management District
Midtown Awarded State of Texas Cultural Arts and Entertainment Designation
Houston, TX (9/12/12) – On September 6, 2012 the Texas Commission on the Arts designated the Midtown Management District an official Cultural Arts and Entertainment district for the State of Texas. Midtown is the first management district in the State of Texas to receive this honor and joins a list of 18 other communities that benefit from the power of an art-focused community. The Midtown Management District will host a press conference and reception on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Ensemble Theatre located at 3435 Main Street.
“It is an honor to be among the historic group of communities that have recognized that investing in creative and artistic ventures offers a good approach to community revitalization and cultural tourism,” says Deputy Director Jim Bob McMillan of the Texas Commission on the Arts.
The mission of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is to advance our state economically and culturally by investing in a creative Texas. The awarding of the Cultural Arts and Entertainment designation reflects Midtown’s unique environment, history and use of land growth and cultural development.
“We expect the Cultural Arts and Entertainment District to stimulate economic development activities to include enhanced property values, profitability of surrounding businesses and an increase in the regional tax base,” stated Midtown Management District Executive Director Matt Thibodeaux.
Beyond the immediate economic impact, Midtown’s investment will attract residents stimulate tourism, retail and entertainment businesses. The outcome of a cultural district extends beyond the arts and cultural sector to benefit the entire community.
Bastrop Cultural Arts District and the Galveston Downtown Cultural Arts District were also awarded the designation this year.
Midtown Houston is comprised of three organizations; the Midtown Management District, Midtown Redevelopment Authority and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2, all are committed to making Midtown a model of urban living in the center of Houston, Texas. The organizations share the common vision of shaping Midtown into a thriving, pedestrian-friendly urban community, but the responsibilities of each organization differs.