Catalyzing Livable Communities with Cultural Planning

You'll learn about:

  • Ways in which cultural planning has stimulated cross-sector and cross-discipline innovations that are advancing planning outcomes in areas like open space, public health, community development, and economic development
  • Innovative policies and tools emerging from cultural planning processes operating at the neighborhood, district, city, town, and regional scales
  • Best practices for implementing a cultural planning process from conception to completion, including essential terminology about the arts and culture fields of practice and creative community engagement

Cultural planning is a place-based process that provides an exciting opportunity for planners to strengthen, leverage, and integrate arts and cultural resources as civic priorities. Creation of a cultural plan is a powerful method for infusing creativity into the menu of tools that planners use to advance livability objectives, such as economic prosperity, public health, social equity, and cultural vitality. This method applies to standalone plans and components of master planning, comprehensive planning, and neighborhood or district-level plans.  Over the past five years, jurisdictions in different parts of the country have embarked on cultural planning projects and toolkits that demonstrate the practice as an effective planning approach to promoting livability. This session will provide best practices and lessons learned from completed plans that are well into implementation. The Boston Creates Cultural Plan aligned ideas, people, and resources around a shared vision and a comprehensive set of goals, strategies, and tactics for putting arts, culture, and creativity at the very heart of city life. The Arlington, MA Master Plan included a Heritage and Culture section that provided a baseline understanding of cultural assets and has generated follow-up planning and policy work. The Lawrence, KS cultural plan mapped ways for the cultural community to contribute to goals in transportation, education, human service, urban design, and local economic development. A series of flash presentations and panel discussions will examine best practices from these and other cultural planning projects, review key implementation activities, and discuss the ways in which these processes influence and intersect with other planning processes, goals, and objectives.