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Governance Models for Cultural Districts

Written with James Doeser and commissioned by the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN), this report is one of the first to comprehensively analyse models of governance, oversight and funding that have been developed for cultural districts around the world, to compare their respective strengths and weaknesses, and to understand the different structures of governance that exist. Combining primary research, case studies and a literature review, the Report captures best practices and identifies which stakeholders should be “at the table” for informed and effective decision making and oversight. Each model provides an example for future and existing cultural districts to be inspired by and learn from.

Case studies include:

West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong)
22@Barcelona (Spain)
Exhibition Road Cultural Group (UK)
MusuemsQuartier Vienna (Austria)
Quartier Des Spectacles, Montreal (Canada)
Dallas Arts District (USA)

Download the report here

The most recent literature on cultural
districts advocate a mode of governance
that is networked across hierarchies
and sectors, highly collaborative, and
responsive to the concerns of citizens
and society.
— James Doeser and Anna Marazuela Kim