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  • Cultural Districts and Communities: Catalysts for Change
    This week’s blog salon on Cultural Districts and Communities:  Catalysts for Change explored how cultural districts are improving, engaging, and sometimes changing their communities. Kicking off the salon, I introduced our new tool – the National Cultural Districts Exchange, which is a suite of online tools and resources to provide research and information about cultural districts. […]
  • Hôtel du Nord: You Can Check Out, But It Will Never Leave You
    I’ve had many great opportunities to witness how different communities organize themselves through, around, or into arts and cultural districts. In September, 2014, I had the pleasure of visiting a community in Marseille (800,000 population) in the south of France, a cluster of 8 small neighborhoods that formed a fascinating and alluring heritage and creative […]
  • Arts Education in Museum Spaces: The Enriching Kidspace at MASS MoCA
    If you haven’t heard of it, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, is well worth a visit – no matter how long it takes to get there. If you have heard of it, then you know what I’m talking about. Opened in 2000, in a massive factory complex that takes […]
  • NEA weighs in on Cultural Districts and the new Cultural Districts Exchange
    There are two questions that I frequently hear when asked about arts and cultural districts:  what exactly does it mean to be a cultural district, and how does my community go about designating one? These are big, complicated questions because there are so many variables! Finding meaningful and helpful answers, analysis, and insight to these […]
  • In Rhode Island, Size Often Matters… Even When It Comes to Cultural Districts
    Size drives a lot of policy discussions in Rhode Island.  We are, after all, a unit of measure. “That iceberg off the coast of Nova Scotia is about the size of Rhode Island.”  But for Rhode Islanders we take pride in how our small state is an intimate place, and we discuss ways we can […]

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