Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

Stephanie Moore

Los Angeles, California


Stephanie Moore is a freelance arts and culture researcher based in Los Angeles, CA. Her continued research on cultural mapping and community development stems from her longstanding interest in folk and traditional arts. Her research Cultural Mapping: Building and Fostering Strong Communities earned her a Master’s degree in Arts Management and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon in 2011. Stephanie has worked as a research assistant on multiple cultural planning and collaboration initiatives with Creative Planning, the Sustainable Cities Initiative, and the California Association of Museums.


Transforming Arts Institutions: Community Engagement as the Path to Sustainability

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 1:30 pm
1st Floor : Regency Room

The world of established arts organizations is one that has not, in general, been at the forefront of arts-based community development. What community-oriented activity they have undertaken has often been for marketing rather than community purposes. There are signs, however, of change taking place. On the national level, increasing attention is being paid to “community engagement.” While some take this to mean simply a marketing tool in a shiny new package, others are making a deep commitment to partnerships that make their communities better places to live.

This session will present examples from around the country of arts organizations that have undertaken a significant community orientation as well as the circumstances that led them to this path and the results (to date). It will also provide opportunity to discuss what steps are being (and could be) taken to encourage more arts organizations to follow their example.