Art empowers communities to creatively imagine their infrastructure.
Certain forms of public art can empower communities by opening up a dialogue and inviting critical as well as creative imagining to take place.
Arts participation unites generations, reduces fear, and empowers citizens.
Arts participation has a positive effect on social cohesion by bringing generations together, encouraging partnerships and intercultural understanding, reducing fear of crime, and fostering organizational skills. People report feeling more in control of their lives and more activated as citizens.
Arts and culture breaks down barriers across demographic and socioeconomic lines.
According to the American Planning Association, integrating arts and culture into planning processes places community identity at the fore, engages participants more fully, and breaks down barriers to communication across demographic and socioeconomic lines.
The arts foster public-private partnerships to strengthen infrastructure.
In towns of all sizes, city councils and local government agencies often transcended traditional turfs and training to specifically to foster arts-driven downtown revitalization.