As you have probably noticed when you dine out in Cherokee there are table tents available full of information on cultural and entertainment events in Cherokee. Also, you will notice a full-page advertisement in the Chronicle Times & Area Advertiser with this information. This all has come about due to Cherokee being deemed a "Cultural & Entertainment District".
You may ask "What does that mean to me?" Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation has that answer. Four years ago an application was delivered to the State Historical Society, Department of Cultural Affairs for the opportunity for Cherokee to receive this designation. This application was due to many hours of hard work from community volunteers and the staff of CAEDC. Many cities throughout Iowa applied but only six where chosen. Cherokee has the honor and distinction of being one of the first six cities in the State of Iowa to receive this title.
The title "Cultural & Entertainment District" allows us to offer special tax-credits for the restoration of buildings within this district as well as recognize and foster the arts within our community. But mainly what it means to you, is the fact that it helps people choose Cherokee as a place to live and it also helps retain your friends and neighbors so that our community continues to prosper
Our Symphony Orchestra, Community Theatre, live music at the Gathering Place & Copper Cup, recording studio, Cherokee Institute of Performing Arts, Cherokee Arts Council, and the many artist's shows displayed at the Sanford Museum, as well as the cultural activities offered by the Sanford Museum Association, all of these efforts support our designation as a "Cultural and Entertainment District
We should all be very proud of the role that Cherokee plays in promoting the Arts. Both the young and the old have the ability to view and participate in music, painting, sculpture, dance, and all forms of art. By having these available to enrich the lives of our children and ourselves we foster an atmosphere of growth and a quality of life that exceeds most expectations.
We hope that you will participate in the rich calendar of events listed for the months of September, October, November and December.
Oh, by the way, be sure to mark your 2009 calendar, today, for the first weekend in January as the Cherokee Jazz Festival will be here again offering fun and Culture to everyone.