Become a Member

GCDN membership is open to any organization responsible for creating or managing a cultural district or any organization interested in the intersection of creative and cultural activity, urbanism, and community engagement.

We define “cultural district” as a geographical area with a high concentration of creative and cultural organizations or amenities.

Interested in joining? Please contact or fill out the following form:

Full Membership

Benefits of full membership:

  • Invitation and registration fees waived for 2 representatives of the member organization to the annual convening and for 1 representative to the regional convening and other meetings, to share emerging best practices, hear expert panels, and discuss the place of cultural precincts and complexes in urban policy, economic development, and related areas of public policy such as travel and tourism;
  • Opportunities to establish strategic bilateral and multilateral partnerships for content, programming, skills training, and knowledge transfer;
  • Access to a members-only virtual forum for detailed sharing of information among members and discussion of opportunities and challenges online;
  • Access to members-only virtual roundtables and webinars;
  • Access to original research by AEA Consulting and others on topics of common interest such as programming, audience development, cultural tourism, professional development, effective models of governance, trends in technology and creative industries strategies, and more. Your concerns will inform and shape the developing research agenda;
  • Subscription to the Global Capital Projects Update, a weekly email digest of news regarding capital project developments in the cultural sector around the world;
  • Subscription to the GCDN Reading List, a bi-weekly email digest of articles relating to cultural districts, creative placemaking, arts in the urban context, and more. This email also features news about GCDN members;
  • Early access to the Cultural Infrastructure Index, an annual review of investment in capital projects in the cultural sector, identifying projects with a budget of US$10 million or more that were publicly announced or completed within a calendar year.