Yelm Arts Commission Proposes ‘Creative District’ in the City

By Nisqually Valley News staff
Posted 6/14/22

The Yelm Arts Commission is moving forward with its intent to establish a certified “creative district” in the city.

The creative district would promote a broad range of creative …

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Yelm Arts Commission Proposes ‘Creative District’ in the City

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The Yelm Arts Commission is moving forward with its intent to establish a certified “creative district” in the city.

The creative district would promote a broad range of creative activities in a designated area of Yelm, stated a news release.

The arts commission is working to develop a community-based task force, which will participate in the planning process. The task force will address a range of aspects related to defining the purpose and function of the creative district.

“Members of the task force should be willing to assist in conducting community related research to tailor the creative district to meet the unique characteristics of the Yelm community,” stated the release.

Residents of Yelm and the greater area who are interested in being part of the task force should be committed to meeting early in the evenings, possibly twice a month, for up to two hours for an estimated six to nine months. The members can represent their own interests or those of a business or group in the community.



The first task force meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 22 at the Yelm Community Center,  301 Second St. SE.

The featured speaker will be Annette Roth, the community development manager at the Washington State Arts Commission. Roth will brief attendees on the statewide creative district program.

Creative districts are sanctioned by the Washington State Arts Commission and are currently being established in cities and towns statewide.

The state has a “readiness toolkit” on creative districts which can be viewed online at www.arts.wa.gov/community-readiness-toolkit.

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