854 N. Jefferson Ave.
West Baton Rouge has received another feather in its cap! The city of Port Allen was
recently added to the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s list of designated Cultural
Districts. Cultural Districts delineate a hub of cultural activity while providing an exemption
from local sales and use taxes for proceeds received from the sale of original, one-of-a-kind
works of art within the district. This designation also allows income and corporate franchise tax
credits for eligible expenses for rehabilitation of owner-occupied or revenue generating historic
structures within the Cultural District.
The Louisiana Cultural Districts Program was created by Act 298 of the 2007 Regular Session of
the legislature. The primary goal of this initiative is to spark community revitalization based on
cultural activity through tax incentives, technical assistance, and resources. These districts can
be found throughout the state. To see a current listing, visit
https://www.crt.state.la.us/cultural-development/arts/cultural-districts. Similar programs in
other states have resulted in increased occupancy, property renovations, a sense of community
identity, increased social activity and jobs.
The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a Cultural District Celebration on August 29 th from 5PM –
8PM. The public is invited for an exhibit preview, a meet and greet with local artists, and music by the
legendary Henry Grey.
For more information call (225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The West
Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.