Fourteen communities around California received a special state designation Thursday to help raise awareness of their artistic and cultural significance.
The Eureka Cultural Arts District in the far north of the state and Oceanside Cultural District way down south near San Diego are among the communities the California Arts Council selected to pilot its new "Cultural Districts" initiative.
The California Assembly signed the Cultural Districts initiative into law in 2015.
"Some of these districts' goals may be focused around increasing residents and visitors," California Arts Council director of public affairs, Caitlin Fitzwater, says. "In a more urban community, success could look like a continued preservation and presence of artists."
Oceanside is home to a surf museum, a historic pier and tattoo artists. The city's head librarian, CJ Di Mento, is one of the main forces behind Oceanside’s successful bid.