Core Competencies: Reflections on Integrating Arts and Culture in Community Development


This is the sixth and final in a series of briefs that describe the changes, insights, and lessons when arts and cultural strategies are deployed in service of comprehensive community development and planning. During ArtPlace America's Community Development Investments initiative, six participating organizations which had not previously focused on the arts developed creative placemaking projects and cultural strategies that could help them more effectively achieve their missions. PolicyLink conducted a research and documentation project to measure the progress, immediate outcomes, and impacts of those projects.

This final brief reflects on the journeys of the six organizations and presents a framework and observations on the support systems required for integrating arts and culture strategies and practices into community development organizations. 

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