The Downtown Community Improvement District of Columbia, Missouri

North Village Arts District

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Historically known for it’s more bohemian atmosphere, the North Village is the place to find local artists at work—whether their medium is glass, oils, locally roasted coffee, or even whiskey. Or if you’re in the mood for entertainment, you can enjoy a jazz concert or attend a gallery walk. Property owners in this area and residents in the surrounding neighborhood have made a commitment to the arts and are currently recruiting artists to live and work in this neighborhood.

In 2007 the North Village became home to Orr Street Studios, a series of old warehouses converted to artist studios that served as a catalyst for the new arts district. Since then, more businesses have moved into the neighborhood to focus on the creative, the eclectic, and the local. The North Village is bordered by both Columbia and Stephens Colleges, and the campuses host a variety performances and art exhibits. Stephens College Costume Museum is also within walking distance.

This area is a naturally occurring arts district so priorities for this area include the continued support of property owners, businesses and artists through advocacy and promotions. Also key for this area is continued adaptive reuse of older buildings and strengthening the connection to the downtown core through an expansion of our beautification and wayfinding programs. As several large properties change uses, the goal will be to help develop new uses that complement the current activities in this area.