On May 6, 2020, Port Townsend was named Washington State’s newest creative district by the Washington State Arts Commission. This designation is the culmination of a successful application submitted by the Port Townsend Creative District subcommittee last fall. The Port Townsend Creative District encompasses the Downtown and Uptown Historic Districts and the historic campus of Fort Worden.
“We were elated to hear the news that Port Townsend has been designated the newest Creative District by the Washington State Arts Commission. It is the result of months of planning by a dedicated Creative District subcommittee, which is coordinated by the Port Townsend Main Street Program,” according to Mari F. Mullen, Executive Director of the Port Townsend Main Street Program. “This designation supports our goals to develop a year-round economy through employment and entrepreneurship in the creative industries. During these challenging economic times, we need to use all the creativity and tools we have to weather this storm and emerge stronger. We will continue to make plans to connect audiences with artists and unify our strategic efforts. We want to enhance the flow through the Creative District with marketing, signage, imaginative way-finding, and transportation strategies. We are excited about the opportunities ahead, and we thank the Washington State Arts Commission for this honor,” she said.
The Port Townsend Creative District subcommittee includes Kris Nelson, chair of the Port Townsend Main Street Program Economics Committee, Main Street board member and downtown restaurateur, Dominic Svornich, vice president of KPTZ 91.9 FM and Main Street Economics Committee member, Rob Birman, Executive Director of Centrum, Owen Rowe, City Council member, Michael D’Alessandro, Executive Director of Northwind Arts Center, Melody Eisler, Library Director, City of Port Townsend Public Library, Lane DeCamp, Chief Advancement Officer, Fort Worden Foundation, and Mari Mullen, Executive Director, the Port Townsend Main Street Program.
The designation provides resources, grant opportunities, technical assistance, training and networking, and tracks each community’s creative economy progress.
For more information about the Port Townsend Main Street Program, visit ptmainstreet.org. Port Townsend is the sixth community in Washington State to be named a Creative District. Other cities that have received the designation include Edmonds, Olympia, Chewelah, Langley, and Twisp. For more information about the Creative District program visit https://www.arts.wa.gov/creative-districts/.