Council on the Arts

The flavor of a town has many ingredients, and the arts are fundamental to creating neighborhoods where people want to work, live, and raise their families. Galleries, theatres, and performing art centers help build an area’s unique identity and drive local economies. The creative use of public spaces – like popups in abandoned stores, parklets, maker spaces, public art, and festivals – create busier, safer, and more valued neighborhoods where people from diverse backgrounds come together and share in a common sense of community pride.

These videos share stories of the impact the arts have in our communities.

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