Louisiana Cultural Districts | Office of Cultural Development

Charlestown 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. 

For more information, questions or comments please email Francesca Vega at fvega@crt.la.gov


Oct. 1, 2020: The Office of the Lt. Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism are pleased to announce certification of 9 new Cultural Districts. This brings the total number of Cultural District to 115, in 71 towns and 41 parishes in all corners of Louisiana, evidence that this is a successful initiative embraced by local governments and cultural stakeholders throughout the state.

The new districts certified in 2020 are:

  • A.P. Tureaud (Orleans Parish)
  • Bogalusa (Washington Parish)
  • Houma Heights (Terrebonne Parish)
  • Lake Providence (East Carroll Parish)
  • Marksville (Avoyelles Parish)
  • Renoir (East Baton Rouge Parish)
  • Scotlandville (East Baton Rouge)
  • St. Joseph (Tensas Parish)
  • Touro-Bouligny (Orleans Parish)


New Application Dates! Applications will open May 15th, 2021 and close August 1st, 2021 for all new applications to the Cultural Districts program. Boundary Expansion applications will open May 15th, 2021 and close August 1st, 2021. Both will only be available through the new Cultural Districts portal, louisianaculturaldistricts.org. These dates are subject to change.

Important Information about Original Art Tax Exemption Sales ~ Updated to show changes effective July 1, 2018

Recent legislative action to address the fiscal crisis during the most recent special session eliminated the state tax exemption for original art sold in a Cultural District. The state sales tax was set at 4.45% until 2025. The result for our art sellers is that they must now charge the full Louisiana state sales tax, 4.45% on all works of original art.

Note: They may still exempt the local tax, but they must report those tax exempt sales to the parish sales tax office.

  • Local sales tax exemption along with the state historic tax credit are still important incentives that encourage creation of art, art events and rehabilitation of properties. Parish Sales Tax Report Forms are available for download through the LATA website. Click on the parish, scroll down and click on Forms, select the most recent Sales and Use Tax Report and Instructions.

For more information, head over to the Resources tab underneath the Cultural Districts drop down on the navigation menu.

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Click here for Cultural Districts Guidelines and Applications.


  1. Overview of the the Cultural District Program
  2. Act 298
  3. Cultural Districts Rules
  4. Historic Tax Credit Information
  5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  6. Forms and Applications
  7. Cultural Districts Power Point Presentation
  8. National Resources

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Check out how our Districts are performing by viewing our Annual Reports.

2018 ANNUAL REPORT: The Executive Summary of the 2019 Annual Report features the highlights of the full report which is a compilation of the individual reports submitted from cultural districts in existence in 2018.

Previous Annual Reports


Cultural Districts En Plein AirApril 2017Click to Read
Making Places Better - Preservation in PrintSept 2016Click to Read
Business of Culture and Art - ShreveportJan 2016Click to Read
Culture Important to ParishNov 2015Click to Read
Profitable Artists - BR Business ReportJune 2015Click to Read
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Small is Beautiful by Anne GadwaJuly 2014Click to Read
Hammond Celebrates Art and CultureApril 2014Click to Read
Sen. Landrieu in ArnaudvilleAugust 2013Click to Read
Leeville Fishing Village-DardenneSept 2013Click to Read
Shreveport Preservation Commission could save homesSept 2013Click to Read
Redevelopment of Freret StreetAugust 2013Click to Read
Rivertown KennerJuly 2013Click to Read
St Claude Main Street Arts-Culture ProgramMarch 2013Click to Read
Cultural district will help universityNovember 29, 2012Click to Read
Official: Growing cultural district good for economyAugust 23, 2012Click to Read
Need community development? Put your money on the arts by Anne GadwaSeptember, 2011Click to Read
Historic factory renovation in S. Broad Street CDApril, 2011Click to Read
LSU Minden Main Street WorkshopJanuary, 2011Click to Read
Lafayette Announces Tax Free Designation LafayetteMarch 10, 2010Click to Read
Lake Charles Cottage Shops Recognized as Cultural District Lake CharlesMarch 5, 2010Click to Read
New Mid City Cultural District in Baton Rouge Baton RougeFebruary 22, 2010Click to Read
Jimmy Robinson: Musician, Incubator and Advocate- New OrleansNovember 2, 2009Click to Read
Tax incentives hope to stimulate local art world- New OrleansOctober 4, 2009Click to Read
Slidell Announces 2009-10 Cultural Season- SlidellOctober, 2009Click to Read
Marigny Chosen as Great Neighborhood by APA New OrleansSeptember 2009Click to Read
District aim to boost arts, cultural commerce- ShreveportJune 7, 2009Click to Read
Byawater Art Lofts New OrleansJune 2, 2009Click to Read
HoumaJan 28, 2009Click to Read
Cooltown StudiosJan. 9, 2009Click to Read
Times PicayuneDec. 4, 2008Click to Read
Preservation in Print — Page 16Summer 2008Click to Read
Cultural Economy Tax Initiatives PackageJune 2007Click to Read

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For a complete list of Cultural Districts and maps of each district click here.

This site is intended to provide pertinent information to local governing authorities, key stakeholders, interested communities, organizations, businesses and individuals about the Cultural Districts program, the application process, and be a means whereby the public can offer feedback, and suggestions.


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