Arts, Cultural, Environmental Heritage Tourism Program

 

The community should develop a program of annual events and activities that highlight the historical, educational, ecological, recreational, spiritual, physical and social heritage of our community. This would promote educational and entertainment opportunities for both residents and visitors. Cultural resources and destinations should be included in a community wayfinding program, with signs and maps highlighting public cultural attractions. Information should be compiled on arts and cultural opportunities and used to create a specific tourism and marketing strategy. The community should celebrate National Preservation Month and Week to create activities that promote the importance of preservation. An historic-plaque program will help create awareness and educational opportunities as well as memorializing and recognizing people, places and events for their cultural significance.

The recent Americans for the Arts Economic Impact Study of Arts and Culture in the Monadnock Region should be used to promote the community, create special events and festivals, and identify other economic revitalization strategies. Programs that attract writers, artists, historians, or other arts and cultural professionals to the area should be created, expanded upon if they already exist, and should be promoted widely as part of a collaborative educational and economic strategy.