Learn how the arts and culture can add to and diversify traditional community and economic development practices. This workshop will show you how the arts can favorably impact your local and regional economy
Strategies for economic development in 21st century applied to rural communities and small towns.
Why communities should diversify their economic streams and how the arts are a valid strategy for economic diversification.
How one Missouri community followed a process to develop a cultural heritage tourism product to boost their economy.
Executive Director of the International Sonoran Desert Alliance in Ajo, Arizona
Learn how the Ajo community built on their assets and developed a multi-pronged approach to community and economic development with the arts, culture and the environment central to their mission. The project was focused on refurbishing an old school and downtown into artist live-work apartments, studios and a conference facility, with additional development of sustainable agriculture, business entrepreneurship and tourism. Curley Artisans School developed over the past 10 years with support from local and national funding sources, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Park Service, the Ford Foundation, the NEA, and ArtPlace. Tracy will also discuss her experiences in developing partnerships and funding sources.
Economic development directors
Directors of tourism and convention and visitor bureaus
Local and regional elected officials
Local business owners
Artists, entrepreneurs and arts organization leaders
Regional planning councils, county commissioners
Civic and social organization leaders
School superintendents and school boards
Librarians, and volunteer coordinators
Also those working in city/county parks and recreation, conservation and natural resource departments, Main Street organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and community betterment groups.