Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ideal model for developing a "Cultural Identity"

This model is the ideal I think:

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has transformed a downtrodden section of Downtown Pittsburgh into a world-class Cultural District that stands as a national model of urban revitalization through the arts) 

Their website starts out like this:

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.
Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
 I have worked for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (not actually an opera company, they bring in Broadway performers etc for musical theatre shows) and I got my Equity card there. 
My favorite part is the part I have bolded in the section above.  This is a model that is proven and that works.  The city was transformed through it's cultural arts in partnership with it's smart developers.  

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