Arts and cultural organizations are community anchors contributing to the well-being of neighborhoods. Studies show that neighborhoods with many cultural resources are healthier, better educated, and safer overall than those in similar communities with fewer creative resources1. And yet, even as research underscores the critical role arts and culture play in building equitable and vibrant communities, many local arts and cultural organizations struggle to maintain a foothold in their neighborhoods due to space issues.
By Elizabeth Clark, Metromode
“People love Dearborn, and have an affinity to it, because of all the things it offers,” says Downtown Dearborn Executive Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius. “It is a big city feel in a smaller town.”