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In recent years, diverse communities have embraced a growing movement to foster and implement creative placemaking, a process involving public, private and community partners working together to strategically improve the physical and social character as well as the economic life of a community through arts and cultural activities.
As this movement has grown and been embraced by a growing number of players, there is also a growing recognition of the need to evolve our language and terminology as well as cement the correlation between arts and culture based revitalization strategies that strengthen a community’s sense of place with demonstrable economic development outcomes.
Rural LISC recognizes that when incorporated into a broader framework of a planned, cohesive economic development approach, the use of place-based strategies rooted in arts and culture has proven to be a powerful vehicle in helping low-income and/or under-resourced communities achieve long-standing revitalization objectives of income creation, downtown revitalization, job growth and increased personal, local and regional economic viability.
There are three types of arts and culturally-based activities that best support our cohesive economic development mission: