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Cultural Districts

The Cottage Shops in mid-town Lake Charles, the Charlestown District, comprised of the Charpentier Historic District and the Downtown Development District, and the Nellie Lutcher Memorial Cultural District are all Cultural Districts as certified by the state.

The Cultural Districts program was formed in 2007 as a way to encourage community revitalization as well as local economic growth. The program aims to build partnerships between artists, business owners, and local and state government while at the same time creating an incentive for communities by providing state historic preservation tax credits for renovations done to historic structures within the district.

These districts expect an influx of visitors and consumers with the program's second community incentive which is to allow the purchase of original art without the inclusion of sales tax.  This act seeks to fuel spending in the local cultural industries while further developing the Cottage Shop's own role as an epicenter for Lake Charles talent, art and business.

Cottage Shops Cultural District Map

Cottage Shops Cultural District Map

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Charlestown Cultural District Map

Charlestown Cultural District

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Nellie Lutcher Cultural District

 

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For more information on the Cultural Districts program, call the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana at (337) 439-2787 or visit www.ArtsandHumanitiesSWLA.org

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On Saturday, October 20th, ArtsFest returns to engage area children in a free arts festival at the Lake Charles Civic Center’s Exhibition Hall. This long-running event, hosted annually by the Read More →
Sulphur’s annual Cal-Cam Fair is a fall tradition for many Southwest Louisiana residents - and for good reason. Sponsored by the Cal-Cam Fair Association, the 94-year-old fair will take place Read More →
The 5th annual Chuck Fest - Saturday, October 20, 2018. FESTivities will kick off at noon and continue through the night, with live music, food, art and more! Read More →
On Saturday, October 20, the Lake Charles Civic Center will come to life at the eighth annual Culture Fest Louisiana, which will celebrate the diversity of Southwest Louisiana with food, Read More →
"The Haunted Ship - Lake Charles" Set to Open Friday, 28 September at the USS ORLECK Naval Museum Read More →
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