Planning as Art; Art as Planning

With increasing recognition of the economic importance of their arts sector, some communities have created community plans for the arts.  Over at Engaging Cities, the Orton Foundation’s Rebecca Sanborn Stone has a post describing efforts at community planning through the arts.  Her post summarizes efforts in three communities:  Starksboro, VT, Yellow Springs, OH and Mendocino County, CA.

[For example, Yellow Springs’s] Why Here Why Now project combines photography, audio interviews, and music, exploring why people choose to live in the community and why it matters. By helping people to listen to each other and share they experiences, [ethnographer Brooke ]Bryan has helped to break down barriers, bring more voices into the conversation, and show Yellow Springs a common way forward.

Read all about it here.

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