Leadership Conference

for Creating Arts and Cultural Districts in Virginia

Friday, May 15, 2009
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Additional Resources

A State Policy Brief/Tools for Arts Decision Making, from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
PDF file, 13 pp. with references, links.

An overview of intended outcomes and government leadership in creating zones favorable to arts and culture. Includes overview of process, challenges, adaptation to urban and rural needs; links to legislative guidelines; evaluation recommendations; and links to lessons learned.

Perspectives on Cultural Tax Districts: Seminar Proceedings, 2008.
PDF file, 144 pp., with references, links

Proceedings from a seminar on cultural tax districts sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission and WESTAF. Held in Seattle, Washington, in February, 2008, seminar participants focused on the benefits, drawbacks, structure and impact of cultural tax districts. Participants examined several proposed, unsuccessful, and current tax district structures such as Denver's Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, which yields more than $42 million annually for arts and culture in a seven-county area. Printed copies of the proceedings are available upon request from WESTAF. For more information, please contact Erin Bassity at erin.bassity@westaf.org.

Arts & The Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development
NGA Center for Best Practices (National Governors Association)
PDF file; 33 pages

Includes state reports on economic impact studies; additional publication information on the relationship between arts and the economy, in cooperation with the National Governors Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.

While this publication addresses shaping statewide policy to position arts and culture for economic development, many insights, recommendations, and model projects from both urban and rural areas are included. Includes: techniques to assess and understand cultural industries strategies to support the arts as economic engines procedures to incorporate the arts into community development plans recommendations to best position the arts into cultural tourism marketing