ArtPlace America also defines ‘community’ as inherently place-based in their 4 principles of successful creative placemaking:
- Define a community based in geography, such as a block, a neighborhood, a city, or a region
- Articulate a change the group of people living and working in that community would like to see
- Propose an arts-based intervention to help achieve that change
- Develop a way to know whether the change occurred
Why is community attachment important? According to the SOTC study:
“As noted in the study, people who are engaged in their community strove to make it a better place, they were both invested in it and a productive part of its economic growth. Attachment and love for a community strengthens social cohesion which in turn strengthens the overall functioning of the community. SOTC essentially identifies arts & culture as one of the main factors a community should look to when talking about community development, economic strength, and community engagement.”
Why do you love where you live?