Cultural Planning Guide


The New Hampshire Creative Communities Network is pleased to present this Guide To Creating an Arts and Cultural Plan, an online and print resource to help New Hampshire communities raise awareness about the creative economy and its benefits, and develop plans to advance the creative economy.

Faced with increasingly tighter budgets and limited resources, municipalities, arts organizations, arts advocates, and artists themselves are challenged to further the important work of bringing the arts to citizens, visitors, and all sectors within New Hampshire's communities. The Guide to Creating an Arts and Cultural Plan is an extensive gathering of local, state, and national resources to help community arts organizers, local and regional planners, business leaders, Town and City officials, and economic development professionals understand the connection between the creative industries and community economic vitality, and create an action plan to move toward a creative economy planning focus.

The Guide to Creating an Arts and Cultural Plan is one component of the Creative Economy Toolkit, which contains numerous resources, and a customizable Powerpoint presentation entitled, “The Creative Economy – Making It Work in Your Community”. These resources may be used separately or together, depending on the particular needs of your community or organization. Creative Communities Network members are available to make presentations to cross sector groups in your community or region, such as planners, chambers of commerce, arts presenters and advocates, economic development and tourism agencies, and municipal leaders.