Two Additional Cities Added To Cultural District List

May 19, 2013

MAYSVILLE, Ky. -- Two more Kentucky cities have been certified by the state as cultural districts, bringing the total number to six.

Downtown Bardstown, Kentucky
Downtown Bardstown, Kentucky

The Ledger Independent reports that first lady Jane Beshear made the announcement that Maysville in northeastern Kentucky and Bardstown in central Kentucky have made the list. The other communities already certified by the state include Berea, Covington, Danville and Paducah.

"The city of Maysville is honored to be recognized as a cultural arts district," said Mike Thomas, chairman of the Maysville Cultural District committee. "This certification represents vitality in promoting and creating economic, creative and cultural opportunities for our residents and guests. By blending resources and creating a well thought-out plan, the district will move us toward a more economically healthy and culturally strengthened environment to live, work and create."

The city has been working to get the designation since 2008. The certification means the area features a high concentration of cultural amenities that attract local residents and visitors.

"I congratulate and welcome Bardstown and Maysville into the commonwealth's collection of cultural districts," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "We look forward to working with our two newest certified cities to showcase arts and cultural opportunities in their communities and across Kentucky."

State Rep. Mike Denham said the certification will bring state and national recognition to Maysville because the Kentucky Cultural District program has had so much success. Denham said it should also bring economic benefits.

"I think it's an important designation. I applaud Duff Gifffen, Mike Thomas and the committee members who worked hard to get this designation. They deserve the credit," he said. "This is another building block for the community to draw people in, not just to Maysville, but the whole area."

Beshear noted the importance of the designation when she made the announcement.

"Kentucky Cultural Districts are proven cultural destinations for visitors and provide a high quality of life for residents," Beshear said. "Arts and culture in these communities play a vital role in creative and economic development, not only for the cities but for the entire Commonwealth."