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PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: DOES UPTOWN CULTURE STIMULATE DOWNTOWN VITALITY?
Performing arts centers have been touted as a strategy for revitalizing downtowns by increasing activities that bring in residents with higher incomes, tourists,arts employees, educated workers, and housing. Despite their popularity, civic leaders have encountered issues. This dissertation compares downtowns with and without performing arts centers.



PLACEBASE PRODUCTIONS
There have been a host of studies in recent years regarding the powerful connection between the arts and community development. Placebase Productions creates site-specific theatre on the conviction that this connection is real. If you are eager to explore how the arts are energizing untapped potential in small communities you can find some recent studies here. 



PLACES IN MAKING
The current diversity and breadth of placemaking projects and processes is both a vindication for placemaking and a challenge for advocates and thought leaders as they seek to hone the placemaking message and develop a collective case for relevancy. How will the placemaking movement channel its tremendous momentum into positive results for communities and places? This research with in-depth case studies begins to answer this question.



PLANNING FOR EQUITY POLICY GUIDE
APA's first-ever Planning for Equity Policy Guide identifies policy recommendations for planners to advocate for policies that support equity in all aspects of planning at local, state, and federal levels.



POLICYLINK'S CREATING CHANGE THROUGH ARTS
Arts and culture are essential for building community, supporting development, nurturing health and well-being, and contributing to economic opportunity. This report highlights both promising and proven practices that demonstrate equity-focused arts and culture policies, strategies, and tools. The report describes the role of arts and culture across the nine sectors. Within each policy chart there are goals, policies, and implementation strategies that can help achieve communities of opportunity. 



PRIMER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND THE ARTS
For arts practitioners looking to understand community development, arts-based community development, civic engagement, and creative peacemaking by utilizing existing neighborhood resources when working to develop a community.