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AB-189 Arts Council: cultural districts.(2015-2016)

As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 20, 2015


 Chapter 9.2 (commencing with Section 8758) is added to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:

CHAPTER  9.2. State-Designated Cultural Districts
 (a) As used in this chapter, “state-designated cultural district” means a geographical area certified pursuant to this chapter with a concentration of cultural facilities, creative enterprises, or arts venues that does any of the following:
(1) Attracts artists, creative entrepreneurs, and cultural enterprises.
(2) Encourages economic development and supports entrepreneurship in the creative community.
(3) Encourages the preservation and reuse of historic buildings and other artistic and culturally significant structures.
(4) Fosters local cultural development.
(5) Provides a focal point for celebrating and strengthening the unique cultural identity of the community.
(6) Promotes opportunity without generating displacement or expanding inequality.
(b) The Arts Council shall establish criteria and guidelines for state-designated cultural districts. In executing its powers and duties under this chapter, the council shall do all of the following:
(1) Establish a competitive application system by which a community may apply for certification as a state-designated cultural district.
(2) Provide technical assistance for state-designated cultural districts from, among others, artists who have experience with cultural districts and provide promotional support for state-designated cultural districts.
(3) Collaborate with other public agencies and private entities to maximize the benefits of state-designated cultural districts.
(c) A geographical area within the state may be certified as a state-designated cultural district by applying to the council for certification. Certification as a state-designated cultural district shall be for a period of five years, after which the district may renew certification every three years.
 The council may solicit and receive gifts, donations, bequests, grants of funds, or any other revenues, from public or private sources, and expend those moneys, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for a state-designated cultural district program and for any other purpose it deems necessary to implement this chapter.