|Why An Arts District?
In studying the efforts of neighboring communities, Cabrini students identified the following key factors that appear to be important to the successful development of an Arts or Main Street District:
1. Community Support: As most initiatives rely (to a degree) on volunteers, successful initiatives engage the community and inspire ongoing participation.
2. Organization: All successful efforts have one (or more) formal organizations, almost always including a Main Street or general business organization.
3. Funding: All efforts require funding. Proper organization and community support are likely prerequisites to securing funding.
4. Continuity and Time: All successful efforts take time to take root and mature; successful programs seem to be easily repeatable, allowing an audience and reputation to develop over time. Continuity allows social (word-of-mouth) promotion of events.
5. Linkages to Existing Organizations: Successful programs don't operate in a vacuum; programs are linked to a variety of other community initiatives.
6. Critical Mass of Businesses: A single arts venue is not enough to create an arts district; a critical mass of stores, restaurants and arts activities is required.
Read more about specific case studies below.
Ambler: Download Report
Manayunk: Download Report
Old City:Download Report
Pottstown: Download Report
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