The Arts as a Community Development Tool

Oct 22, 2012

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Arts Commission is hosting a conference to explore how the arts can strengthen local communities.

The Transforming Assets Into Opportunities conference takes place Tuesday through Thursday at Pickwick Landing State Park. It will bring together artists, arts administrators, arts supporters and community planners to explore how the arts can fuel community and economic development.

The Arts Commission's Shannon Ford says the Cannon County Arts Center in Woodbury is a good example of arts based development.

“Really taken advantage of local community traditions and crafts to really bring in a niche audience from, not just local sources, but statewide and even international.”

Ford says the Arts Center has even developed its own recording label to preserver the area’s traditional music.

If you’d like to learn more about the conference, visit