'Valuing the Intersection Between Arts, Culture, and Community: An Exchange of Research and Practice'

'Valuing the Intersection Between Arts, Culture, and Community: An Exchange of Research and Practice'

Neighborhood cultural "clusters" can serve as sources of community health and resilience, a report from the Naturally Occurring Cultural District-New York (NOCD-NY) Working Group, a citywide alliance of artists, activists, creative manufacturers, and policy makers, finds. The report, Valuing the Intersection Between Arts, Culture, and Community: An Exchange of Research and Practice (14 pages, PDF), highlights discussions from a 2013 convening of researchers and practitioners about the value of arts and culture for the city in terms of strengthening social networks, neighborhood economies, civic engagement, and creative incubation. While pointing out structural inequities in both economic/cultural assets and philanthropic funding for the arts and culture, researchers found that communities which provide outlets for aesthetic expression are more resilient in the face of adversity, and that arts and cultural activity are part of a community's connective tissue and should be an integral element of any strategy to address housing, health, employment, and other community issues.