City receives IAC cultural planning consultant


Noblesville, along with seven other communities, has been approved by the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) for the second phase of the agency’s Vibrant Communities cultural planning consultancy project.

“More and more, community leaders are realizing the arts can play a significant role in making their communities a better place to live and work,” said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. “It is a vision called Creative Placemaking. From Arcadia to Zionsville, Indiana communities have discovered people want to work in communities where they enjoy living. The arts bring jobs, but also a quality of life that attracts creative, entrepreneurial leaders.”

The eight communities – which include Arcadia, Fort Wayne, Ligonier, Muncie, Nashville, Shelbyville and Zionsville – were selected from 26 that were eligible to apply for the consultancy opportunities after taking part in the Vibrant Communities colloquium conducted last fall. The colloquium was a partnership between the IAC and Ball State University’s Building Better Communities program.

In June, a consultancy was approved for Noblesville for assistance in building on revitalization efforts to create a comprehensive Cultural District Plan to further solidify the arts efforts within the community.

The seven other communities approved for consultancies.

Consultancies are expected to begin in August and continue through October. Consultants are matched by the IAC with the respective communities.

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