How Arts and Culture Can Advance a Neighborhood-Centered Progressive Agenda

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Because cultural change precedes and embodies political change, arts and culture are an essential part of a progressive agenda. Drawing on the ingenuity in our neighborhoods and how their stories and relationships give meaning to our lives will help the city re-imagine itself from the neighborhood up. Change is about engaging hearts as well as minds. An agenda that doesn’t recognize this risks getting stalled before it starts.

Arts and culture should be integrated into the dialogue about neighborhood infrastructure, authentic engagement, and “organized compassion.” The paper suggests three programs that will help bring this vision to life, cultivating naturally occurring cultural districts, strengthening cultural citizenship, and animating public space.  With collective compassion and civic energy, we can engage our creativity to create something bigger than ourselves – a 21st century city for all.