Downtown Lancaster has been designated as a state cultural district by the California Arts Council.

The designation for the Antelope Valley city means the downtown area has been recognized for its high concentration of cultural resources and activities that include the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Aerospace Walk of Honor monuments, a weekly farmer’s market and a summer concert series.

Downtown Lancaster was among 14 areas throughout the state receiving the designation, which is part of a new pilot program. Inclusion in the program brings joint marketing support from the state, promotional strategy and branding materials, a stipend and technical assistance.

Mayor R. Rex Parris said the city has worked hard to make the downtown area a cultural hub where performing and visual arts can thrive.

“Fostering an environment where the arts can flourish is key to the growth of any community – whether on the state or local level,” Parris said in a prepared statement.

The California Cultural District pilot program continues until 2019. During that time, the designated districts will offer feedback to the California Arts Council to further develop and refine the program.