Thriving communities require more than infrastructure. The region’s soul must be fed. Arts and cultural opportunities lead to a vibrant region and a thriving economy.
Since 2012, the Atlanta Regional Commission has included arts and culture as a staffed focus area. Over the first six years of the program it operated three core programs, Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta, Cultural Forums, and the Atlanta Regional Public Art program.
In 2019, the ARC’s board adopted a regional Arts, Culture, & Creative Placemaking Strategic Plan designed to better integrate arts and culture into the agency’s planning work.
The ARC is in a unique position as a regional planning and services agency to be innovative about how arts and culture are integrated upstream throughout planning processes and across disciplines and goals. Arts and culture are fundamental to providing a high quality of life and healthy, livable communities; they are a significant and consistent part of building and sustaining a competitive economy; and they are especially suited for addressing challenges with creative, holistic solutions based on collaboration and community engagement.