The Art District of Downtown Banning has been developing for several years now. It started with several different Groups including Pass Cultural Arts Foundation , Poetry Groups, Dance, Photography and a Summer Music Series in the Park .
A couple years ago I was on the General Plan Committee that met once every week for almost a year to redo the Cities General Plan. We talked about having an official Art District at that time, and a certain area was discussed. Another Art Group formed and this Group petitioned the City Council for funds saying they would bring business into the Downtown area helping to revitalize it.
This is important because this Group has had a couple successful Street Fairs centered around Art, and they also were instrumental in convincing the City Council within the past few months to purchase Paula Hills building on N. San Gorgonio Ave, in the Center of the Downtown Art District.
This two story building has been used as an Artists Co-op over the past several years, and now the city purchased it.
Watch for more news on the Art District and interviews with local Artists.
By: Kathy McGraw - CELLing Realty - Author of Caifornia Real Estate and Life Blog