Downtown Shreveport Cultural District
In late 2008, the Downtown Development Authority applied to the State of Louisiana for the city’s first-ever Cultural District. In 2009, the Shreveport Downtown Cultural District was approved! The Cultural District designation allows further celebration of the things that make downtown unique including art, culture and history and it helps spur this cultural activity and creativity by offering substantial tax incentives. The Shreveport Downtown Cultural Districtprovides an exemption from sales and use taxes for proceeds received from the sale of original, one-of-a-kind works of art from locations established within the Cultural District.
These locations include-but may not be limited to- commercial and retail businesses and events such as the Red River Revel, Mudbug Madness, the Shreveport Farmers’ Market, the Texas Avenue Makers Fair and Asian Garden Festival, artbreak, and other events produced by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Shreveport.
What Cultural Districts are located in Shreveport?
- Downtown Shreveport Cultural District Map
- Highland Community Cultural District Map – a portion of this district is in Downtown Shreveport
What is considered a one-of-a kind work of art and how does the program work?
- Information on one-of-a-kind-artwork and answers to other frequently asked questions
- Cultural District original art sales tax exemption notice & instructions
- The State sales tax exemption certificate for art sales
- The Caddo-Shreveport Sales and Use Tax Commission Tax Report (to be filled out by artists or businesses who sell tax-exempt art)
- The Louisiana Department of Revenue Sales Tax Return (to be filled out by artists or businesses who sell tax-exempt art)
- Cultural District Rules
- Quick list for sales at festivals
- Overview of the LA Cultural Tax Exemption Program (PPT, 855KB)
What locations downtown sell one-of-a-kind art?
- Norsworthy Gallery, 214 Texas Street
- The Agora Borealis, 421 Lake Street
- artspace, 710 Texas Street
- Central ARTSTATION, 801 Crockett Street
- Multicultural Center of the South, 520 Spring Street
- Red River District
- Marlene Yu Museum/Rainforest Art Foundation- 710 Travis St.
- Bon Temps Coffee Bar– Red River District
- Nader’s Gallery– Inside Regions Tower, 333 Texas St.
- The Noble Savage Tavern– 417 Texas St.
A number of festivals and other downtown events also sell art. They include:
- Red River Revel
- Mudbug Madness
- Texas Avenue Makers Fair & Asian Gardens Festival
- Shreveport Farmers’ Market & Shreveport Artists’ Market
- Louisiana Film Prize
Downtown is THE PLACE for performance art. Enjoy live music, plays and more at:
- The Strand Theatre
- Emmett Hook Performance Center
- RiverView Hall
- Shreveport Convention Center
- Sam’s Town Casino and Resort
- Eldorado Resort Casino
- Robinson Film Center
- Marlene Yu Museum
- Central ARTSTATION
- Municipal Auditorium
- The Noble Savage Tavern
- Fatty Arbuckles
- Festival Plaza
- Crystal Stairs
- JOSH Lounge
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