TCA RECOGNIZES DOWNTOWN SHERMAN WITH CULTURAL DISTRICT DESIGNATION
SHERMAN – The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has announced the designation of downtown Sherman as a state-recognized cultural district. TCA defines cultural districts as “special zones that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization.” Sherman joins 39 other cities in Texas which have earned this distinction.
“What a fantastic day for the City of Sherman,” said former mayor Cary Wacker, who spearheaded the initiative. “This is something that many, many people have been working toward for several years, so to now receive recognition from the State of Texas is a wonderful reward for those efforts.”
According to TCA, cultural districts can become focal points for generating business, attracting tourists, stimulating cultural development and fostering civic pride. Alongside Sherman, the new cultural districts recognized this year were the Canadian Cultural District, the Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District, and the Old Spanish Trail Cultural Corridor in San Antonio. Sherman received the highest score among the applicants.
“This district has great events with a lot of diversity and the variety of the audience and participants is admirable,” said TCA Deputy Director Jim Bob McMillan, summarizing the opinions of the Commission. “The effort by the cultural district to connect with artists of all types was applauded by evaluators.”
Sherman officials lauded the decision as a game-changer for the City’s thriving, historic downtown.
“Whether in terms of grant funding or in terms of tourism visits, there’s no question that this designation will pay dividends for decades to come,” said Sherman Mayor David Plyler. “I want to sincerely thank Cary for all of her hard work on this, and congratulate all of our great downtown organizations on this prestigious honor.”
In addition to announcing the state’s newest cultural districts, TCA also announced more than $4 million in new arts grants to cities throughout the state. The 800-plus grants will be disbursed to nonprofits and governmental organizations in 115 different towns and cities.
“We are pleased to be able to provide support for so many quality arts activities across the state,” said Gary Gibbs, executive director of TCA. “The substantial work that our grantees are doing not only advances the creative economy in Texas, but provides valuable art experiences for Texans in rural communities, schools, hospitals, social service settings, military facilities and more.”
About The Texas Commission on the Arts
The mission of the Texas Commission on the Arts is to advance our state economically and culturally by investing in a creative Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives. For more information on TCA and its programs, please visit www.arts.texas.gov.