How Arts and Cultural Strategies Create, Reinforce, and Enhance Sense of Place

Arts and Culture Briefing Papers 3



Arts and culture strategies help to reveal and enhance the underlying identity — the unique meaning, value, and character — of the physical and social form of a community. This identity is reflected through the community's character or sense of place. A community's sense of place is not a static concept; rather, it evolves and develops over time, reflecting the spectrum of social values within and around the community.

In this way, the community character of a city, county, town, or neighborhood can be seen as a story or narrative of a place. Planners and community members can come together to reveal and burnish this narrative through:

  • an articulation of the historic, cultural, economic, and cultural context of the community;
  • a commitment to the reinforcement and enhancement of the community's identity; and
  • the implementation of policies, regulations, and incentives that support and enhance this evolving identity.


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March 1, 2011
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