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Cultural Vitality Indicators: A healthy place to live includes opportunities for the arts, culture and creative expression. This premise has not been properly reflected in policy discussions about ways to improve the quality of life in communities.

To address this problem, the Urban Institute’s Arts and Culture Indicators in Communities Project (ACIP) has developed both a comprehensive definition of Cultural Vitality and tools for how to measure it. These can help us create a more accurate picture of a community and also help understand the impact of arts and cultural activity on communities.

The information found on this site is intended as a resource for urban planners, community development practitioners, public policy scholars and professionals, arts administrators and funders, artists and community leaders interested developing Cultural Vitality Indicators.

A healthy place to live includes opportunities for the arts, culture and creative expression. This premise has not been properly reflected in policy discussions about ways to improve the quality of life in communities.

To address this problem, the Urban Institute’s Arts and Culture Indicators in Communities Project (ACIP) has developed both a comprehensive definition of Cultural Vitality and tools for how to measure it. These can help us create a more accurate picture of a community and also help understand the impact of arts and cultural activity on communities.

This site is intended as a resource for urban planners, community development practitioners, public policy scholars and professionals, arts administrators and funders, artists and community leaders interested developing Cultural Vitality Indicators.

Artist Space Development: Access to affordable space plays a significant role in the ability of artists to produce artwork and contribute to the fabric of communities. In particular, it is the need for work space—such as studio/rehearsal space for making work, conducting business, gathering to critique work, performing and presenting work, and (for some) storing work—that distinguishes artists from most other occupational groups. Yet, despite research from public policy experts such as the Urban Institute demonstrating that the presence of art, artists, arts and cultural institutions, and other artist spaces is an important and documented indicator of a vibrant, healthy community, access to affordable work space—and affordable living space—continues to be a critical concern for many artists.

Creative Communities: Artists are fundamental to our cultural heritage. Despite ample evidence of the essential social and economic benefits they provide to communities in which they live and work, American artists are typically undervalued, and suffer from both a lack of resources and poor public perception of their many contributions. LINC addresses these issues through the work of its Creative Communities program, which is a nationwide network of organizations working to improve local and regional conditions for artists.

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