skip to content

ARC Culture and Community Design Program

Now Accepting Applications for the 2024 Culture and Community Design Class

ARC’s Community Engagement and Culture team (CEC) will launch the second Culture and Community Design (CCD) class this August.

Learn More

Arts Alumni at I Heart ATL installation
We Love Buford Highway, a 2022 Community Partner, and their project team

Purpose and Goals

The ARC Culture and Community Design program seeks to advance arts and culture as an essential part of inclusive and equitable planning in communities across metro Atlanta. One way we do this is through an immersive seven-month program where community organizations serving underrepresented populations collaborate with local officials and planners to design projects and planning initiatives focused on arts and culture.

The program’s goals are:

  • Supporting the capacity of these underrepresented communities to participate in and lead local and regional planning processes, with ARC as a collaborator and as a conduit to funding and execution;
  • Educating and training artists, culture bearers, planners, designers, and local government officials to collaborate on planning and community engagement projects; and
  • Establishing lessons learned on inclusive, equitable, and creative planning that we can share as best practices for future implementation.

Program Description

ARC Culture and Community Design brings artists, culture bearers, planning and design professionals, and people working in local government together with community organizations to develop arts and culture-focused community design projects. The program intentionally seeks to include individuals and organizations representing communities that have been historically marginalized or excluded in local and regional planning processes.

ARC Culture and Community Design is designed for early- and mid-career professionals who identify with one or more of the communities described above and have demonstrated experience in community advocacy, organizing, planning, or design.  The program will run from February to September 2023, meeting at least once a month and requiring additional time to work on projects.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop and enhance skills that will allow them to design and lead arts and culture-based community design and planning; advance equity and justice in their communities; and build relationships with other practitioners and future collaborators.

ARC’s Commitment to Arts & Culture in Planning

As metro Atlanta’s comprehensive planning organization, ARC is committed to serving our increasingly diverse region by working closely and intentionally with communities that have been previously excluded or harmed by local or regional planning.

Partnering with artists, creatives, culture bearers, and community-based organizations, particularly with those serving underrepresented communities, ensures that the region’s diverse populations, community traditions, and cultural practices are actively included in decisions that affect their lives.

Over the past two years, the ARC’s Community Engagement and the Arts team has been refining the ARC’s Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA) leadership program to focus on improving ARC’s engagement with historically marginalized and excluded communities. Beginning with ALMA 2021 and continuing with ALMA 2022, our team has led this evolution by working with artists, creatives, and culture bearers to reimagine traditional community planning and engagement processes.

Arts alumni at the Ballethnic Dance Company
Arts alumni at the Ballethnic Dance Company, a 2022 Community Partner
Powered by ARC
33°n
CDAP
Community Planning Academy
ConnectA
Empowerline
Georgia Commute Options
Green Communities
LCI
LINK
MARC
Metro Atlanta Speaks
MNG Water Planning District
RLI
State of the Region
UASI
WorkSource GA
33°n
CDAP
Community Planning Academy
ConnectA
Empowerline
Georgia Commute Options
Green Communities
LCI
LINK
MARC
Metro Atlanta Speaks
MNG Water Planning District
RLI
State of the Region
UASI
WorkSource GA