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City Council Designates Downtown Cultural Arts District
The Hillsboro City Council adopted a resolution designating a Cultural Arts District in Downtown Hillsboro.
The new designation will support and enhance arts and culture in the City by contributing to a vibrant, thriving historic Downtown area. In addition, it aims to drive economic revitalization; build on existing arts, business, and entertainment activity; and broaden the community's emphasis on diversity.
The Downtown Cultural Arts District’s boundaries will evolve over time. It will focus initially on the Downtown core, Shute Park, and M & M Marketplace, while working to develop arts, culture, and economic development opportunities in the areas surrounding and in between.
In adopting the resolution, the City Council also received a report of recommendations submitted by the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council. The document will guide the District's development, with businesses, nonprofits, and events offering a solid foundation.
The City's network of partners will be critical in forming the District — developing an identity, improving access to arts and culture, and encouraging participation among local businesses, nonprofits, and community members.
The Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan outlined Downtown revitalization plans, investments, and activities. The designation follows the City's adoption of the Hillsboro Cultural Arts Action Plan in 2018.