Atlanta Plan It was created several years ago to create awareness on the importance of art and culture in city development. Art and culture embraces urbanization forces. What’s more, art and culture are an integral part of human lives.
Culture and arts have an impact on individuals, communities and city development. They foster economic and social development of cities and communities.
Every individual has a right to freely take part in a community’s or a city’s cultural life, to enjoy the arts and share in scientific advancements, including benefits. They also have the right to material interests and moral protection ensuing from personal literary, scientific or artistic production.
Art and culture have an impact on the growth of creativity and human beings’ free will apart from giving joy to the individuals they touch. Cultural leaders, including those who are part of the new, vibrant and influential modern civil society increasingly discuss cultural issues.
Just like education, health and security are continuously debated publicly, so are cultural issues. Over the years, the importance given to arts, culture and heritage changed dramatically.
Arts and cultures are often perceived as romanticism, elitism, utilitarianism and apriorisms; these perceptions raise questions and replace real reflection.
Decades ago, creation, production and distribution of art and culture had nothing to do with a community’s or city’s economy. Today, however, the facets are core to development strategies of cities due to economy reconfiguration knowledge, technology and globalization.
Arts and culture were purely focused on professions in the 60s. The collapse of economic activity in the 70s led to art and culture positively impacting workforce growth.
They became new pillars of economic growth in cities due to the thousands of people who attended big festivals, cultural industries and prestigious exhibitions and fairs.
Europe, Canada and America conducted culture reverberation projects in the late 80s to revitalize urban areas. Art and culture were used in this era to restore overpopulated or deserted urban areas, ailing downtown cores, or neighborhoods torn apart due to poverty or violence.
It emerged through awareness that art plays a critical role in the First Nations’ daily lives, contributing to community resilience and health.
The relationship between economy and heritage, culture and art became eminent in the late 90s in Europe (more so Britain) when the idea of creative industries and cities emerged.
Changes and a creative trend occurred in 2002 when media coverage extensively showcased cultural life in cities to be appealing. This led to the creation of the creative class. This captured the attention of business leaders and politicians from all government levels.
Cultural development players found that artistic creations have economic and sociological effects. Therefore, government support cultural industries and arts, including heritage development and protection.
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