Invest strategically in the creatve arts

Investments in the Arts and Culture Are Economic and Quality of Life Drivers Strong financial investment in creative industries is a significant driver for creating economic competitiveness and a desirable quality of life. A high creative capital quotient is one the factors that mobile talent workers (and, therefore, the companies that employ them) look for […]

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Connect with local arts & culture to create communities with a distinctive sense of place

Integrating the Arts and Heritage in Design Teams In addition to great designers and architects, every design team for regional projects resulting from Seven50 should include artists and others involved with the arts and who know the region’s history. The arts can be used to communicate and celebrate the region’s diverse cultural traditions, history, and […]

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Pavement to plazas- temporary or permanent

  The term induced traffic refers to the phenomenon that the more space motorists are allotted, the more vehicles appear on the road. To combat this, activists are turning extraneous street space into plazas and open social areas. Pedestrian plazas reduce the design speed of a street, while creating visual interest and turning the street […]

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Park(ing) Day- an international event now

  Park(ing) Day is a worldwide event seeking to highlight just how much public space is reserved for the sake of automobiles. Participants claim a parking space for a day and transform the space into a park, using plants, chairs, games and other elements that make public space attractive. The first Park(ing) Day was held […]

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Cultural/arts entertainment districts

Communities in Florida and across the country are using cultural arts and arts and entertainment districts to energize neighbor- hoods and downtowns, stimulate economic development, and enhance their cultural offerings. Those districts are anchored by a concentration of cultural arts facilities and programs and can contain a mix of uses that allow artists to live […]

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Play streets- when there is a deficit of parks, use streets

Play streets work in a manner similar to open streets, but with the primary purpose of creating a safe location for children and their families to play. Play street events may have planned recreational events, or educational programs, including nutrition lessons. Play streets are generally on a smaller scale, cordoning off only a few blocks, […]

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Open streets – “closed” streets were never so lively

Open streets temporarily close off streets to traffic, allowing for the safe movement of runners, bicyclists, and pedestrians of all ages. Public health organization use open streets to advocate residents exercising more frequently, by establishing a safe and social atmosphere. Transit advocates utilize open streets to highlight the need for transportation options. Streets can serve […]

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Intersection repair- clearly mark “this section is for police”

Intersection repair is another way communities can take back their streets and convert them into points of significance in the neighborhood. In this tactic, residents decorate and embellish major intersections, indicating to motorists that they are moving through a space relevant to a community, and suggesting a shift in speed. The repaired intersections are not […]

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Food trucks- create a draw at events

Food trucks are far from a new invention. They go back to the American Civil War.                                                                 They’ve experienced a significant rise in popularity in the past five years, with thousands of trucks serving all forms of cuisine. The cultural relevance of food trucks has been heavily discussed, particularly the growth effect on local restaurateurs. In […]

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Historic buildings- adding community value

Historic buildings are of major value to cities, and preservation should be considered within development. A mistake prevalent in a number of codes is the requirement that historic buildings must be brought up to current standards. Renovating historic buildings is a costly practice, and usually has the opposite effect. Rather than modernizing buildings and ruining […]

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Civic buildings- give civic buildings a prominent place

Civic buildings play a major role in the creative nature of the city. Major civic buildings establish landmarks and create an identity for the community. Due to this, civic buildings should be built in highly visible locations, confirming their relevance. Private buildings should generally contain some form of architectural continuity, creating a unified atmosphere without […]

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Arts education partnership

  Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is a national coalition of education, arts, business, cultural, government, and philanthropic organizations that serves as the nation’s hub for individuals and organizations committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students. It was established in 199S through a unique inter-agency agreement between the National Endowment for the […]

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Toolkit for community marketing & cultural-heritage organizations

The toolkit was a project of Americans for the Arts and Destination Marketing Association International. Its purpose is to open a dialogue and working relationship such as joint marketing between a community’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO, typically a convention and visitors or tourism organization) and local arts agency that represent its cultural and heritage organizations […]

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Building meaningful relationships in your community

The Leadership Development Institute (LDI) of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) produces information and resources on how performing arts organizations can build and sustain meaningful relationships in their community. That information includes descriptions of ways to engage the community through the arts. Website visitors can learn how to make a case of support, […]

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Arts incubator

An arts incubator is similar in many ways to a business incubator that helps new businesses get off the ground and established, typically by providing space at a lower rent with a range of support services. For an arts incubator, services might include providing studio and work space for artists and assistance with marketing, ways […]

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Supporting Culture through Infrastructure

Southeast Florida has a unique opportunity to get it right. As we plan together responsibly for our region’s future, we must resolve to make our communities great. An essential ingredient in achieving that greatness is the arts and culture.

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Park(ing) Day as Urban Acupuncture

Through the project of Park(ing) Day throughout the world, the process of urban acupuncture has been used to create a purposeful small intervention that can gage how people use public space in the city. The design was a collaborative process to create a contextually responsive project.

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Broward County’s Community Assets & Culture

From the beginning, Seven50 recognized the integral role culture and community assets have to the social and economic prosperity of our region. Broward County illustrates why Seven50 so aptly embraced this reality.

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Arts and business councils

Creating collaborations between the arts and businesses at the community level helps build support for and grow a healthy arts community. Those collaborations can include capitalizing on donated business expertise to assist art organizations, recruiting business leaders to serve on arts boards, developing traditions of corporate philanthropy, and sharing creative arts strategies to help businesses […]

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Arts and economic prosperity calculator

The Americans for the Arts’: Arts & Economic Prosperity Calculator is available as an on-line tool. The tool is straightforward and provides reliable economic impact data for the arts. The results which can be printed show: • Total expenditures spent by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences and event-related spending by arts and […]

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Arts education navigator

The Arts Education Navigator contains a series of e-books designed to help educators, students, and advocates learn how to navigate the field of arts education. The e-books are designed by Americans for the Arts in partnership with Vans Custom Culture. Each e-book in the series covers a specific topic. The intent is to give education […]

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Promote sustainable development that emphasizes the region’s natural, historic, and cultural assets & preserves sense of place

What it means to build sustainably? Sustainable development is about much more than using the most modern and highest-rated ‘green’ materials. Places are sustainable when they offer multiple ways of getting around;embed mixed-use buildings in neighborhoods; disperse a full range of housing options; provide residents their daily needs within a short and safe walk; have […]

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Empower the region’s arts leadership to implement the arts objective of the seven50 plan

Capitalizing on the Region’s Strong Cultural Arts Leadership Each Southeast Florida county has a strong, well-established lo- cal arts agency that enjoys the support of the public and private sectors and is recognized as among the best in the nation for effectively cultivating the arts and culture. Individually and collectively they have a strong track […]

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Develop regional cultural assets according to a hub & spoke strategy

Greater Synergy through Concentrating and Connecting Cultural Arts Amenities The cultural arts, like other retail and entertainment amenities, thrive and create more economic spinoff and energy when they are strategically located in and near central markets. In a long linear region with a series of urban centers and surrounding communities and neighborhoods, a hub and […]

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Add the “a”(rts) to sTeM to produce the competitive workforce of tomorrow

The Importance of the Arts in Producing a Competitive Workforce The case for adding “A” for the arts to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), thereby making it STEAM, is articulated in Ready to Innovate, a report that highlights the results of a study conducted by the Conference Board (a global business membership and research […]

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Recognize that culture is a significant driver for economic competitiveness & quality of life

The Importance of Arts and Culture in Growing the Creative Class Members of the creative class encompass a wide variety of industries, including technology, entertainment, journalism, finance, high-end manufacturing, and the arts. The creative class is fast-growing, highly educated, and a well-paid portion of the workforce. It also contributes significantly to corporate profits and economic […]

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Invest strategically in the creative arts

Investments in the Arts and Culture Are Economic and Quality of Life Drivers Strong financial investment in creative industries is a significant driver for creating economic competitiveness and a desirable quality of life. A high creative capital quotient is one the factors that mobile talent workers (and, therefore, the companies that employ them) look for […]

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