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Downtown Arts District

Downtown Arts District

The Downtown Arts District, Inc. (DAD) was created in 2000 to promote art, local artists and the economic development of the downtown area in the City of Orlando. The arts are a powerful economic development tool and DAD’s mission is to create a healthy, vibrant, sustainable world-class arts district.The Downtown Arts District follows the same geographical boundaries as the City of Orlando’s Community Re-development Area.In December, 1997 interested citizens gathered at the Orlando Sentinel in response to an article that appeared charging the community to “fulfill the need for a theatre district”. A task force was charged with the assignment to develop a business plan outlining what would make a successful theatre district. The result was the formation of the Central Florida Theatre Alliance, Inc. (January, 1998). This alliance represented 80 active theaters and over 800 individuals. The theatre alliance developed criteria for the critical elements of a theatre district. The City agreed to donate $200,000 if the Alliance could raise an equal amount. The District held its official ribbon-cutting and kick-off at the “Arts on Orange Open House and Arts Crawl” (November, 2000). Over 900 people attended this historical event. The funds were raised and matched by the City of Orlando. The initial goal was to create three new theaters and three art galleries within a specified cultural corridor, thus the Downtown Arts District boundaries were established. Several new theatres were su

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Downtown Arts District

29 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801


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