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Newport to Seek Cultural District Designation from State

The City of Newport hopes to become one of Kentucky's Cultural Districts.

The city commission on Monday approved a resolution designating Southbank Partners to create a narrative that will be submitted to the Kentucky Arts Council.

Covington received the designation in February 2012 and joins Bardstown, Berea, Danville, Maysville, and Paducah in being bestowed the honor.

The Kentucky Arts Council recognizes a cultural district as a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area of a community featuring a high concentration of cultural amenities that attract local residents and visitors.

According to the resolution passed in Newport on Monday, the city has many locations celebrating its rich heritage and culture, including the performing arts, crafts, history, culinary traditions, and architecture.

The resolution suggests that Newport would benefit from future grant opportunities, promotion for tourism purposes, and economic development if it is designated as a Kentucky Cultural District.

Here is a video produced by the Kentucky Arts Council about Covington as a Cultural District:

Photo: Monmouth Street in Newport/RCN file