Stevensville is a newly-named Arts and Entertainment District

June 29, 2013 by  

The Maryland Arts Council and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development have declared Stevensville an Arts and Entertainment District. The town of Leonardtown, located in St. Mary’s County, has also been selected.

The Arts Council has said that this designation will provide tax benefits to residents and will encourage artists and their organizations to relocate to Stevensville. This will presumably provide more opportunities for local creative people and will bring even more business into the area. It will also add to the cultural life of the area and encourage residents to spend more time and money in the arts and entertainment district.

When the decision was announced, the Arts Council said:

“As a hub of history, art and culture, Historic Stevensville on Maryland’s Eastern Shore draws history enthusiasts and features opportunities to shop and dine within a quaint and distinctive village setting.”

Already a popular historic area with tourists, it is to be hoped that the designation will lead to increased public attention to the local galleries, studios, stores, restaurants, and print companies – all of whom are likely to profit from the decision.

The district will be managed by the Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic Development and Tourism. It is expected to create more jobs, which in turn should stimulate the economy. A total of 22 areas have been named Arts and Entertainment Districts in Maryland. In 2012, over 4,000 jobs were created in all of these areas and tax revenue increased to $29m.