Arts & Culture Commission
About the Commission
The NACo Arts and Culture Commission demonstrates how the arts can be used by county officials to promote economic development and provide solutions to many of the challenges that they face, through workshop sessions, field trips, special publications, and NACo's annual Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation Achievement Awards and the Americans for the Arts' County Arts Leadership Award, which recognize counties that work to foster an environment where arts can thrive to create more livable communities. Counties invest in the arts as a means to improve their economies, enrich American cultural and intellectual life, build more aesthetically pleasing communities, promote lifelong learning, protect national heritage and historic preservation and help children succeed, to name a few.
Creative Counties Placemaking Initiative
As public funding becomes increasingly strained, counties must search for and employ new strategies to improve their communities and local economies. NACo, in partnership with Americans for the Arts and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, has launched the Creative Counties Placemaking Initiative to support counties as they work to identify and strengthen ways to integrate arts into solutions to local challenges.