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

The Role of the Arts and Culture in Planning Practice

How the Arts and Cultural Sector Strengthen Cultural Values and Preserve Heritage and History

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

How Arts and Cultural Strategies Enhance Community Engagement and Participation

How the Arts and Culture Sector Catalyzes Economic Vitality

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.