Strengthening and Connecting Social Fabric

Leveraging the roles that arts and culture can play in a community development context can both help those organizations achieve their goals and also fundamentally shift how people relate to each other. In working with arts and culture, community development organizations can better adapt to become more connected, relevant, and responsive to their constituencies. Organizations can more effectively connect with residents and other stakeholders on a deeper level, share history, build a sense of community identity, and reframe challenges so that they can be addressed more effectively. In the process, residents are activated to exercise their power to shape their future. In summer 2019, we will publish a brief that explores this theme and what this means for other organizations that may wish to follow a similar path.