The purpose of the scheme is to support ambitious, innovative and creative, high quality initiatives that specifically aim to enhance and extend the public’s experience of architecture. Former Secretary of Education, William Bennet wrote, The arts are essential elements of education just like reading, writing, and arithmetic Music, dance, painting, and theater are keys to unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment (Swann-Hudkins, 2002).
When localities can achieve a critical mass of arts-related activities in a single area, these neighborhoods are appealing to what is often called the creative class of workers, many of whom prefer to live in and at least in close proximity to the arts and cultural districts.
The projects include single and multi-year activities across the visual arts, screen based art, music, digital arts, dance and physical theatre, performing arts, cross-disciplinary art forms, community arts as well as arts support and development projects.
The teacher’s ability to bring the arts into the classroom -allowing students to truly explore and make discoveries, find and pursue problems, arrive at unique solutions, and communicate in multiple modalities -thus requires both an artistic pedagogy and an understanding of the aesthetic qualities of experience (Oreck 2006).
This brief uses existing research on urban culture and community arts to make a case for culture-based revitalization from the bottom up. This brief highlights a particular kind of social network—the geographically-defined networks created by the presence of a density of cultural assets in particular neighborhoods.