There is growing agreement that investment in arts and culture can generate significant economic benefits for downtowns of all sizes. A vibrant arts community can keep residents and their discretionary spending close to home and attract new businesses and visitors.
This executive report considers how a range of communities are using public art to revitalize their downtowns. It provides a solid background for downtown committee members and others considering adding an arts component to their downtown revitalization strategy.
The report begins with a brief but compelling argument for the role of the arts in downtown revitalization. This is followed by four sections illustrating the arts in action in downtowns of all sizes.