Arts and culture are vital to create vibrant destinations that celebrate local diversity, evoke a unique sense of place and reflect local history and culture. Arts and culture are also critical for creating economically healthy communities and sustainable local business districts.
The Central Corridor as Cultural Corridor group focused on maximizing the unique arts and cultural assets along the Green Line LRT, leveraging these assets to foster economic growth, increase the vitality of station areas as unique destinations and attract additional investment.
Partners in this working group included:
- Gene Gelgelu, African Economic Development Solutions
- Richard Gilyard, Prospect Park 2020
- Kathy Mouacheupao, Twin Cities LISC*
- Nieeta Pressley, Aurora Saint Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation
- Caty Royce, Frogtown Neighborhood Association
- Amy Sparks, Creative Enterprise Zone
- Jamie Schumacher, West Bank Business Association
- Va-Megn Thoj, Asian Economic Development Association
*denotes working group lead
In Fall 2012, the Cultural Corridor Steering Committee identified the following strategies:
- Advancing Station Area Initiatives
Support community-based initiatives at various station areas and business districts by providing a range of support including: grants, technical assistance, training and peer learning opportunities.