Leaders hope to spotlight creations under new effort
By Timothy Sandoval (view article online on The Gazette)
Riverdale Park wants to be recognized as an arts destination — and has launched a public art campaign to reach its goal.
Riverdale Park borders the Gateway Arts and Entertainment District, which offers tax incentives to those who sell art in the area and create spaces or businesses geared toward the arts or entertainment. Brentwood, Hyattsville, Mount Rainier and North Brentwood make up the arts district.
“We are moving the arts up the Route 1 corridor and trying to make the area a tourist destination for people who are interested and engaged in visual pieces of art,” Ebbeler said.
Stuart Eisenberg, executive director of the Hyattsville Community Development Corp., which is working with town on the initiative, said there was discussion of adding Riverdale Park to the arts district in 2001, when the district received its state designation. But, he said, state officials were wary of the district becoming too large, as it is the largest arts district in the state, totaling 286 acres.