The Role of the Arts in Community Development

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading 45 year old nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, has an established Institute for Community Development and the Arts. This Institute provides a research-based understanding of how the arts are being used to address social, educational, and economic development issues in communities across the country.

If you are thinking about what kind of business you can create, this kind of research might be very helpful for you to read.

Areas of research and publication have included at-risk youth, artist training, economic development, arts and civic dialogue, public housing, cultural tourism, and program planning and evaluation. You can click on any of the reports below to read them.


Arts Programs for At-Risk Youth: How U.S. Communities are Using the Arts to Rescue Their Youth and Deter Crime

Building Creative Economies: The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Development

Cultural Development in Creative Communities

Cultural Tourism: Bridging America Through Partnerships in Arts, Tourism and Economic Development

The Arts in Times of Trauma

The Arts, Religion, and Common Ground

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