As of October 1, 2021, the East Rim District of Bossier City has been certified as a cultural district by the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism.
So what does this certification mean for one of the East Rim’s long-standing establishments, the Bossier Arts Council (BAC)?
Simply put, this means those in the East Bank District selling original artwork will get tax relief on their art sales. And, new businesses moving into the neighborhood will be eligible for historic tax credits.
“When visitors are looking for places to spend their time, they are looking for areas that serve as experiences. They also look for areas that are visually appealing. No one wants to hang out in a neighborhood lacking in culture. Tax incentives allow the creation of new works of art and expand artistic events, not to mention the fact that property rehabilitation tax credits are also very attractive to new businesses, ”said Robin Jones, director of IBC.
The cultural district designation means so much more to other businesses in the district because of the tourism and marketing benefits associated with the title.
“The East Bank Quarter and Square is one of the most unique neighborhoods in the area. And with each new business / event announcement, we’re adding more tourism dollars to the city, which gives local artists more opportunities to thrive, ”Jones said.
“Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and his team from the Louisiana Arts Division have been a constant source of support. And we want to thank them, as well as our local city officials, for being proud of this wonderful region where we are so proud to live and work. We hope the community will continue to explore the East Rim neighborhood and visit all of the shops, attractions and restaurants that make this neighborhood so wonderful, ”Jones added.
The Louisiana Cultural Districts program was created by Bill 298 of the 2007 Regular Session of the Louisiana State Legislature. The main objective of this initiative is to stimulate community revitalization based on cultural activity through fiscal incentives, technical assistance and resources.
Since 1980, the Bossier Arts Council has supported the local arts community with a focus on community theater, visual arts, festivals, arts education, public art, and grant opportunities.