New Bedford's new cultural district received recognition Thursday evening by Mayor Jon Mitchell and tourism officials.

They spoke about the importance of a growing arts culture in the city during the reception at SeaFire Grille.

Mayor Mitchell says show casing the city's artistic history will help draw positive attention to the local economy.

The goal of the Seaport Cultural District is to stimulate the economy through collaborations between businesses and cultural institutions.

The district has been a year in the making and was officially designated in March.

The Seaport Cultural District spans from the waterfront to North Sixth and Seventh Streets and from Elm and William Streets to Union and Spring Streets. It consists of 20 downtown blocks and nearly 80 attractions including the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.