Community Cultural Development and the Arts
- The City of Jacksonville, Florida looked to arts and cultural development to revitalize its downtown core. Community Partners, working in association with Urban Focus, Ltd., recently completed an artist live/work space feasibility study for the downtown, including community education of successful artist space projects, analysis of opportunities for downtown artist space development, and recommendations for creation of an arts district.
- The Massachusetts Cultural Council launched a new Massachusetts Cultural Districts Initiative to helpcities and towns create arts and cultural districts as a spur to economic development. Adele Fleet Bacow is a consulting advisor to this program working specifically with communities applying for designation to this new initiative.
- Montserrat College of Art identified a need for a community gathering place in downtown Beverly, Massachusetts that could serve several functions not only for Montserrat but the surrounding communities. The college engaged Community Partners Consultants to complete an approach and feasibility study for a retail store/coffee shop/gathering place with a goal of supporting the Beverly Main Streets Program, the College, and City of Beverly’s ongoing efforts at downtown revitalization.
- Artists for Humanity works with at-risk youth to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by giving them paid employment in the arts, mentoring, and training in entrepreneurial activities. Community Partners’ business plan for Artists for Humanity resulted in creation of their headquarters known as the “EpiCenter” in Boston’s Fort Point Channel. This project was so successful that Community Partners just completed a second plan for an expanded EpiCenter to double the space for needed new programs and entrepreneurial activity.
- The National
Park Service is working to convert the former North Truro Air Force Base into a unique setting for research, learning, and collaboration between organizations working in the arts, sciences, and the environment. Community Partners Consultants worked closely with the Cape Cod National Seashore on project planning, community involvement, and strategic planning for the proposed Highlands
Center for the arts and environment.
Artists space to revitalize
Creating community gathering space for Montserrat College of Art and downtown Beverly
Strategic business plan
for Artist for Humanity EpiCenter
Sciences, and Environment
at the Highlands Center