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A comparison of economic development projects that utilize arts and cultural tourism

by Kohanek, Ann L.

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Across the United States, towns and cities are choosing to diversify their economies so that they are not dependent on a single industry. Supporting local arts and culture is a non-traditional economic development strategy that towns and regions can use to expand the tourism base and contribute to the overall economic health of the area. This research determines the common attributes of successful arts and cultural tourism projects. In all, nine components were identified in the literature as common among arts-based economic development programs. Interviews were held with key persons in arts and culture based economic development projects of varying sizes and foci across the United States to determine if these nine themes were evident in their projects as well. From the analysis of the literature and the interviews, recommendations were made for other organizations that may choose to pursue arts and cultural tourism as part of an overall economic development strategy.
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School:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

School Location:USA - Wisconsin

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:economic development projects tourism and the arts

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