Enhancing the Quality of Life in Our Community
Without us even realizing it, the Arts create a sense of belonging. Cultivate collaboration. Start conversations.
Giving us a powerful tool to help our communities grow and thrive.
The Arts stir the imagination. Create healthy tension in our conversations. Compel us to share our concepts of community and even rethink our sense of aesthetics. Building a community around a shared history, while creating a growing public profile.
And ACJC is the place where the arts community, business innovators,
policy makers and the community at large connect.
And Transforming It.
The Arts are integral to regional economic development: drawing tourists, rebuilding once dilapidated neighborhoods, employing a growing artistic workforce and attracting creative people and companies
A thriving arts community can help revitalize neighborhoods such as the Crossroads District in downtown Kansas City. Unused commercial buildings make perfect inexpensive spaces for artists’ studios. Next galleries, restaurants, bars and boutiques follow, restoring once vacant or rundown buildings and bringing new visitors to the neighborhood.
“The arts are not just for those who go on to become professional artists. Research shows that girls and boys, young men and women who have art classes are more likely to be engaged in their classes, attend school, achieve better test scores, and graduate.”
*Source: The White House Blog, Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools, posted by Melody Barnes, May 12, 2011.