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Gateway Arts District tops Maryland's arts and entertainment districts


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Courtesy photo. The Gateway Arts District received the 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievement from Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development.

Courtesy photo. The Gateway Arts District received the 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievement from Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development.

Published on: Wednesday, July 31, 2013

By Wanda Jackson

The Gateway Arts District received the 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievement from Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development.

“The award speaks to the tireless efforts of the community, state and county to impact change at the local level with arts as an economic driver for community revitalization,” said Carole Bernard, executive director of Gateway Community Development Corporation.

Bernard and Stuart Eisenberg, executive director of the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, accepted the award on behalf of the Gateway Arts District Management Team during the annual arts and entertainment district managers’ meeting at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson in Baltimore in June, according to a news release.

The Prince George’s County arts district encompasses four municipalities: Hyattsville, Mount Rainier, Brentwood and North Brentwood.

“The award is a testament to the many years of hard work and commitment put in from artists, residents, businesses, nonprofits and elected officials to move an agenda forward of creating, building and growing an arts district within four municipalities,” Bernard said.

The award recognized the district for improved public facilities, new businesses and incoming housing along core areas of the Route 1 corridor.

“Since the Gateway Arts District Sector Plan was published in 2004, we have seen the Gateway Arts District expand with a growing artist community, new housing, new retail and a continued dedication to the effort,” Bernard said.

The award also recognized the district’s increased pubic arts projects and expanded online presence that brings greater attention to the Washington, D.C., region.

“We want the Gateway Arts District to be a destination area for the creative economy to flourish,” Bernard said.

The district offers tax incentives to make the creative economy more attractive for those who sell art in the area or start art-related businesses.

“We have artists investing in the community through purchase acquisition to expand their arts-related businesses, and we have developers coming into the area creating mixed-use projects that will grow the residential density to support new and existing business ventures,” Bernard said.

The Gateway Arts District tied with Silver Spring’s arts district in Montgomery County for the 2013 award.

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