Arts, Culture & Creativity

As part of a collaborative project with the RMC Corporation and with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, APA's Planning and Community Health Research Center developed a series of briefing papers to illustrate how planners use arts and culture strategies to achieve economic, social, environmental, and community goals. 

The first briefing paper provides a comprehensive definition and overview of the arts, culture, and creativity field. The remaining four papers use a variety of case studies and examples from the planning and arts and culture fields to provide a brief overview of how arts and culture contribute to: community heritage and culture, community character and sense of place, community engagement, and economic vitality.

Briefing Papers


This framework helps support the work of policy makers, planners, and economic development and community development professionals, as well as professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, arts, culture, and creativity in the creation and development of healthy communities.