What were the specific goals of this creative economy project? Describe the community development challenge or opportunity that your project was designed to address:
The arts assessment was designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the need, community support/desirability, and financial sustainability of an arts center in Peterborough.
If the goals change over time, please describe how:
Originally conceived as an idea to retrofit an existing armory building into a new arts & culture center for people of all ages to participate in artistic endeavors, the NEA grant was eventually used to fund an "arts assessment". This change in direction took substantial public/private leadership and networking to sell to the public and the existing arts community on the need for sound planning principles. In short, the town lacked a solid understanding of the need, desirability, and financial sustainability required to make sound decisions relative to the allocation of and priority of funding. The Town of Peterborough played a critical role in providing the leadership and networking needed to help prioritize grant funding and move the involved groups toward a common and collective set of goals.
Who was involved in this project and what did they do? (be sure to include the partners from outside of the creative sector and how local voices were included):
Town of Peterborough - Planning, Administration, and DPW Staff
Dedicated Arts Steering Committee - Citizens interested in the expansion of the arts
Monadnock Art X Tech - A "maker-space" group that spawned from the arts assessment recommendations
How does this project relate to a larger community development strategy?
Understanding its rich history of nurturing and supporting arts and culture, the parties affiliated with this project understand that the long-term success of the town depends on finding new and inventive ways to continue progressing this established identity. Knowing our demographics and the wants, needs, and desires of our community.
What projects or places, if any, inspired your approach to this creative economy project?
The initial narrow focus on the expansion of the old Peterborough Armory illuminated the necessity of funding a planning/assessment document designed to understand need, desirability, and financial sustainability.