7 Arts Foundation, Working with Arts, Cultural, Design Districts

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Strengthening the People That Help Support Charitable & Educational Activities Through Acclaimed Destination Districts & Other Arts and Design-based Community Development Initiatives

 

INTRODUCTION | WHO CAN JOIN | A PROFESSIONAL TRAINING APPROACH | SOME SPECIALIZED TRAINING PRODUCTS & INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES FOR MEMBERS & GUESTS | OBJECTIVES | THUMBNAIL SITE VIEW | 7AF GUARANTEE | 7AF MOTTO | QUOTE OF THE SEASON |  STAFF  |  FREE ADVISORY PUBLICATIONS

Since 1979, our operating foundation has been building up many varieties of destination districts in North America’s great downtowns. Our Training Affiliates, Advisory Fellows and Instructional Associates continue to assist, inform and help a large assortment of acclaimed artists, urban planners, developers, politicians, tourism taskforces, arts management professionals and boards of directors entrusted to plan, develop, and manage all manner of new, emerging and established urban redevelopment sites. The foundation has provided nearly 30 years of confidential, quick response planning, developing, financing and auditing instructors, trainers and advisors to help communities meet the unique needs of arts, design or culture-based destination district clusters, superblocks and corridors. We are the leading operating foundation, with a portfolio of over $13.5MM in current projects, giving back to our Membership by providing subsidized technical, consultative and informational training programs. We also offer low-cost one-time planning and visioning advisory services for Guests. Our destination district corp of volunteer advisors reports donating over $261,000 in technical assistance, informational assistance and consultations this past season. All advisors, fellows and consultants are also independently contracted professionals.

Please refer to our Case Statements Page for brief samplings of past advisory and training programs and projects. For a select list of our esteemed long-term sponsors and award-winning affiliates, please see the ABOUT page.

FRIENDS, JOIN US, TODAY, SUPPORTING THE WORK OF THE FOUNDATION, BY HONORING THE DEDICATION & ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF YOUR LEADERS WITH A PLACE ON THE NATIONAL HALL OF FAME PAGE & PLACQUE. Please go to the Friends page, now.   "After all, we are what we believe when we give, and nothing more." Dr. Marshall Thomas '00 Address

WHO CAN JOIN?

An individual, a studio, a government agency, an institution , a business, a nonprofit - all can become members of the 7 Arts Foundation.  The 7 Arts Foundation is a member collaboration initiated by the publishers - Arts Answers, Z Publishing and Father Ambrose Press- and colleagues of Dr. Marshall Thomas to serve local arts, design and culture-based destination districts across the North American continent.

We help connect those who serve local destination districts, via the operating foundation portals, with their peers in the community arts, community design, urban redevelopment and city beautiful fields

We help give local destination districts access to national and regional technical assistance providers, trainers, advisors and consultants

We help create a body politic, a powerful collective voice advocating on behalf of North America’s more than 200 established local arts, design or culture-based destination districts

In addition to receiving all of the benefits of membership in the 7 Arts Foundation, members of the collaboration get:

A current directory of North American local and regional destination districts, with resources for funding and technical assistance

A special Member’s access-only section in the monthly 7AF website edition

Invitations to a national caucus and to regional conferences with special sessions for leaders and advocates of local arts, design or culture-based destination districts

Regional retreats for local destination districts Destination Districts Online, a new online blog for the community development field—a place to share "best practices" and respond to topics generated by members and staff

Links to websites, research, special studies and articles of interest to the community arts field

Links to local initiatives through the 7AF website

By collaborating with the 7 Arts Foundation, locals gain the strength and stability of an organization that has been successfully advocating for arts, design and culture-based destination districts in North America communities for 37 years.

Highly valued product and service features for our 37th year dedicated to personally building up arts, design and cultural districts. The 7 Arts Foundation: An association of qualified artists, designers and downtown revitalization experts. We focus on one thing: helping to instruct and train others to revitalize downtowns into unforgettable destinations. This training and instructional site helps many Members learn how to plan, develop, manage and govern their destination districts.

 

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SPECIALIZED PRODUCTS & SERVICES FOR MEMBERS

437 DESTINATION DISTRICTS*, and counting - Members, please visit the DISTRICTS PAGE to learn about the locations of planned, emerging, and premier arts, design and cultural districts in all their 13 varieties. Learn what gives meaning to districts, what the experts consider 'The Essential District Contact Checklist' and the importance of the Wecome Packet tool. Grab the insider insights of top developers as they list "The Identified Potential Users for Arts-Design-Cultural Places" and a vital view as to "Why Communities Respond to Arts-Design-Cultural Corridor Developments." Members can also check for profiles and contact information. We scour the continent every month for the world's great destination districts.

* We coined the term back in 2006 to help our Member clients raise awareness in political and advocacy circles

VITAL STATISTICS - Members, what are the notable impacts of districts in our regional centers? What makes for a successful community? Please visit the STATISTICS PAGE, with links to dozens of reports and briefs that show important statistical views to the answers we've culled from our databank service providers. 

TEXTS - Members, please visit the Treasury Page to find in-house periodicals, white papers, workshop guides, roundtable texts, and more written materials devoted solely to arts, design and cultural district planning and development, auditing and management. (Note: Very limited Guest access.) And, everyone can visit our Lexicon Page to learn the useful and technical terms and phrases often found in district development documents and study papers - without clear meanings, many destination districts never get so much as a public hearing let alone a meeting or the first shovel of dirt thrown.

CAPITAL - Members, please go to our District Capital Page. There, you will learn about essential access checklists, and program information that can lead to Member services, as follow for all varieties of arts-design-cultural districts: Permanent Commercial Loans in MxD districts; Condominium Checklist for MxD districts; Condominium Conversion Loans for MxD districts; Small Balance Loans for all districts; Bridge Loans for many districts; and, Assisted Living Loans for MxDs. A complete listing of restricitions, prohibitions and preferred programs is outlined. As a financial advisor to Members and a trainer to the real estate re-development industry, our unique operating foundation acts as a financial intermediary and training consultant for its Members and their capital market partners and associates.

FINANCIAL SERVICES - Members, please visit our Financial Services Page to learn about our tailored strategic planning, general district business and financial management training services. We are responsible for Member advisories as to marketing, sourcing, analyzing, structuring and closing destination district revitalization financing transactions using a variety of funding programs.

ACCESS - Members, go to our Resources Page for access to a bevvy of Current Project Briefs, The Tri-Annual Evaluation Guide for N.A. Arts-Design-Cultural Districts, and the special report - Conditions That Make It Possible for Urban Areas to Invent Arts-Design-Cultural Developments


FREE CONSULTATION - Guests, your initial online project question is quickly answered via e-mail or fax. A brief telephone follow-up session can answer a specific question or clarify points made in the initial e-mail response. Gain from our perspective and understanding. Please visit the Advisories Page and the Case Statement Page.

AUDIT TRAINING & ADVISORIES - Members: Organization... Board... Staff... Marketing Functions... Grant & Loan Programs... Management... Administration... Governance... Mission... Vision... all with fast turnaround times to help you meet demanding time and budget constraints. Please visit the Financial Services Page and Case Statements Page.

PLANS & SUMMARIES - Members: Business Planning Advisory Services for progressive commercial developers working in arts clusters, superblocks and arts corridors; Mission Planning Advisory Services for nonprofit agencies and institutions looking to cooperate with arts or cultural corridor planners and developers, funding sources and managers; Performance Indicator training for local, county, and state governments; and, tailored Qualitative Reports training for artists and studios. Please go to the Financial Services Page.

FAVORITE LINKS - Members, please visit this growing view of destination districts and district observers, practitioners and critical sources, agencies and international advocacy organizations... Links.

POLL - Members, last season, we enjoyed hundreds of reasons why destination district advocates are participating in current training programs and instructional projects. We are off to a great start, again, this season. Vote daily, if it suits you. We learn a lot about your motivations, leadership and identity issues with every poll answer. You also get to review all the comments made by others as a bonus just for entering a vote or for placing both a vote and a comment on the Poll Page. Your choice. Thanks.

STAFF, ASSOCIATES & AFFILIATES - with over 248 years of combined advisory, consultative, training and instructional service to all kinds of destination districts

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7AF:  Downtown District Solutions Arts Marketplace Solutions Antiques Design Downtown Entertainment District Historical Open Studios Sciences Art Deco Education Recreation Technology Theatre Warehouse Arts Gateway Arts Overlay Arts Superblock Cultural Historic Arts Museum Giftbox Design Performing Arts Photo Theater Arts District Downtown Solutions

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Dedicated To Training Members How To Support The Charitable & Educational Activities Of Downtown Destination Districts That Benefit Society  By Focusing On Arts,  Design & Culture-Based Community Development

 

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BACKGROUND

In the 1980s our fledgling foundation was asked to help form the first interdisciplinary arts center in the United States invented to serve as a hub for an arts district. Our volunteer advisor and consultant carefully helped form the arts center and then helped plant the seed for a viable, sustainable arts district in York, Pennsylvania -- one that eventually became an acclaimed and propserous site long after our consultancy had concluded its business. Those early successes (with a steep learning curve) helped Dr. Thomas and his volunteer support staff to realize we needed to dedicate our foundation to the study of what goes into sustainable, acclaimable arts, design and culture-based destination districts - in all their baker's dozen variety - in order to contribute more money, time, effort and the all-important credible and practical, theoretical and academic views that have come to help revitalize over 100 downtowns across North America.

We formed volunteer taskforces, committees and unique tactical teams of stakeholders that have spent years of effort, a family fortune and the earned goodwill of over 100 arts and urban redevelopment boards of directors and trustees to arrive at ways to advise or train others to plan, develop and manage successful arts, design and cultural corridors. We invite past subsidy recipients to serve as advisors, thereby greatly reducing the practical obstacles normally found when helping communities redevelop sections of their downtowns into corridors, clusters or superblocks.

We learned the secret of great arts and cultural corridors three decades ago: each one directly, or indirectly, focuses on one key job -- achieving lasting change solely in terms that reflect the cherished values of each community. Perhaps that sounds simplistic, obvious -however, it was then, and remains to this day, a rarely found approach in North American redevelopments and revitalizations. And so, we share all we learn with our Members every day-- the things that can be counted, the fresh ideas that go beyond the numbers, and the actions that shape our continent's downtowns.

Will 7 Arts Foundation long-term training programs and advisory projects have a positive effect on your arts or cultural corridor? Go to our Case Statements page and find out for yourself. We hope you share our deep pleasure thinking about, serving and helping transform urban areas into acclaimed destination districts.

Link: Selected Major Corporate, Professional & Business Members & Guests Using Our Web Service

TRAINING & ADVISORY SPONSORS:   Our loyal sponsors include GM Solutions, D&G Manangement, THOS. Illustration Studios, Rivergate Properties, L.L.C., Abernathy Company, City Beautiful Commission, ADCP, Inc., The Peoria Project, the Quad Cities Study Program, and individual artists, collectors and studios.

The Top Twenty-eight Destination District Arts Cluster, Superblock and Corridor Varieties:

Arts District   Arts District & Marketplace  Arts & Antiques District   Arts & Cultural District   Arts & Design District   Arts & Entertainment District   Arts & Historical District  Arts & Open Studios District  Arts & Sciences District     Arts Deco District  Arts Education & Recreation District  Arts & Technology District   Arts & Theatre District  Arts & Warehouse District   Arts Gateway District   Arts Overlay District  Arts Superblock  Cultural Arts District  Cultural District   Entertainment District  Historic Arts District   Museum District  Museum & Theatre District   Giftbox Design District TM    Performing Arts District  Photo District   Theatre District  Theatre Arts District

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These varieties have been chosen because 1) the names and the concepts for these arts, design and culture-based  corridors, superblocks and clusters resonate strongly with the identities of  founders, visitors and participants, 2) because their operating models work better than any other grouping of destination districts that can be found contributing to the identity and economic recovery of North American towns and cities, and 3) because artists and/or designers help govern and operate many of the mosre successful districts people find most appealing and critics find most engaging.

WHAT ARE THE SEVEN ARTS?  An Aside...

We get this question all the time whenever we are fortunate enough to be invited to join a panel, lead a workshop or audit or consult on the development of a district; the answer --- Music  Dance  Theater  Literature  The Fine Arts  The Applied Arts and The Illuminated Arts (which include still photography, videography and film).

WHITHER A CLUSTER, SUPERBLOCK OR CORRIDOR PROGRAM'S PURPOSE...

Over the years, we have come to realize that one purpose of art is to enhance life. By observation of arts, design, business, government and media personalities and practitioners who assert themselves on this broad cultural stage, we have noticed the following:

  • Some art appears to help deepen life's meanings, helping make some people livelier...
  • Some art seems to help enrich life's reach, helping increase some people's self-confidence...
  • Some art evidently helps distill life's spirit, thereby helping increase the flames of hope in some people...
  • Some art appears to help refine life's assertive claim on the environment, helping some people to keep life itself going...
  • Some art seems to help enable the force of life's vitality, helping some people reduce self-doubt...
  • Some art evidently helps some of us to capture what redeems that sense of life meant to reduce fear, helping some people to accept, tolerate, believe, witness...
  • Some art is only about itself or its creator, helping some people revere, loathe or remain indifferent to the artist, helping some people to define their own creative impulses, limits and work...

We are grateful to observe, advise, consult and otherwise help our Members, colleagues and friends all, when they offer meaning, give meaning and even defy meaning -- all so long as the arts expressions used reflect the edifying, lasting values of the community they serve. Therefore, we are committed to helping artists and designers make their handiwork useful and alive and valued, to helping developers 'get it right' so the risks are rewarded appropriately and the neighborhoods grow suitably, to helping government leaders value design and the many positive outputs, outcomes and satisfactions that come with arts redevelopment and revitalization programs, and finally, to helping boards of directors and managers work with operating and governance models that fit the exacting work arts, design and culture-based districts are meant to accomplish.

And a little note on destroyer art, for those looking for it: We have yet to see value attached to works made without the function to enhance life; we observe that most of our Members and Guests see destroyer art as a self-conscious theft,  a dark jape, a wounding or a corrosive fear made clear. Therefore, we rarely find destroyer art as part of the design pattern in arts or cultural corridors. When we do, we will report our findings for the benefit of all Members.

Thank you. Marshall A. Thomas III, D. Phil.   Re-printed with permission from  Arts Answers and excerpted, in part, from Planning Volume, PLANNING, DEVELOPING & MANAGING ARTS DISTRICTS, rev. ed., Copyright 2008, by Z Publishing

 

HOW DOES THE FOUNDATION HELP DISTRICTS MEASURE DISTRICT EFFICIENCIES & EFFECTIVENESS?

Clearly, few arts, design and culture-based districts have the necessary staff and time, the budget, the expertise and the full reporting capabilities to make the required annual case for support. And, too often, municipal, county, state and private foundation budget offices need credible planning projections, strategic ouput reports and even benchmark evaluation documents to be able to support arts and cultural corridor requests for funding and technical assistance support. The foundation has learned and written down the essentials for planning, budgeting, reporting, evaluating and making cases to governments and businesses: the general forms and checklists appear in this website; the specifics are known to each corresponding Member.

Since 1979, our niche, our passion, has always been to make certain our Members' districts serve their participants, their constituents and their visitors without having to divert large amounts of limited resources, and so that their vital arts, design and cultural program priorities get the attention they deserve without fail.

We recognize that many a district's transactions are unique and that not all communities and developers have the same operating and financing requirements. We tailor our training efforts to meet each project's individual needs. As the consulting intermediary, our advisors and trainers pledge to commit the highest levels of expertise, and to back up this pledge with the best guarantee in the sector; as an organization with a long track record helping others plan clusters, corridors and districts, we respond compassionately, knowingly to every initiative and every transaction regardless of size or complexity. Our hands-on approach and first-hand expertise helps Members solve problems by working with district leaders to learn how best to meet art and design presentation criteria, capital and finance requirements and mission imperatives.

 

Nonprofits must faithfully fulfill a vision or opt for organized abandonment; thrashing about merely to survive as an institution is not a viable option. --- Excerpt, MISSION MANIFESTO, co-published with the 7 Arts Foundation, copyright 1995, by Marshall A. Thomas III

MEMBER CONTACT: 7AF new all points number in Washington, DC: 202-2391257 | M-Th 10-3 EST; Sa. 11-12N EST.

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THE 7 ARTS FOUNDATION GUARANTEE  If you are ever not satisfactorily served by a requested 7 Arts Foundation training program or advisory project, for any reason, you will receive a full and prompt refund on all remaining days of your Membership or the term of your service covenant, no questions asked.

OUR ADOPTED 7 ARTS FOUNDATION MOTTO

We do for a mission what we would otherwise do for the sake of creativity were it not that we must make a living.

PRIVACY NOTICE

We respect your privacy...  We take privacy and confidentiality seriously, and therefore, we promise your personal information will be: fairly and lawfully processed; processed for limited purposes; relevant and not excessive; kept no longer than is necessary; processed in accordance with the data and informations's subject's rights; and, not transferred to countries without adequate protection.  Link to Full Notice: Website Use.

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Our Affiliates, ARTS ANSWERS and Z Publishing, are training partners, issuing texts and workshop bulletins to help our Members learn all facets of planning, developing and managing arts and design-based destination sites.

ARTS ANSWERS publishes or co-publishes instructional texts and advisory guides, directories and briefings, reports and workshop studies. ARTS ANSWERS also posts findings and other papers that explore the concept of Aesthetic Determinism. Free Member and limited Guest access available. Go to the CONTACT US PAGE or the TREASURY PAGE to learn how to get your free subscription package.

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WHAT WE'VE OBSERVED OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS:

... THAT OVER 80% OF THE TIME, GREAT URBAN PLANNERS AND THEIR GIFTED COUNTERPARTS, GREAT DEVELOPERS, ALREADY KNOW MUCH OF WHAT THEY NEED TO SET THEIR COMMUNITY APART & MAKE THEIR MARK ON A REGION.  NEXT: THE ANSWERS AS TO WHICH PROGRAMS & PROJECTS FULFILL THOSE DEMANDING REQUIREMENTS BEGINS HERE. FIRST, YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR IDEAS, YOUR WAYS OF GETTING THINGS DONE. THEN, WE'LL STUDY WHAT ELSE CAN BE KNOWN TO HELP YOU SET APART YOUR URBAN CENTER OR DOWNTOWN DISTRICT WITH A UNIQUE BRAND OF ART, DESIGN OR CULTURAL ELEMENT - AND, FINALLY, WE'LL GET TO HELP YOU EXPLORE AND IMPLEMENT EVERY ACTION AS CLOSE TO YOUR TERMS AS POSSIBLE.  JOIN US NOW, OR LATER. THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT YOU CONTACT US TODAY AT jbt@7artsfoundation.org , OR YOU CALL OR FAX OUR FIELD OFFICE: 309.621.3590.

OUR ADOPTED 7 ARTS FOUNDATION MOTTO

We do for a mission what we would otherwise do for the sake of creativity were it not that we must make a living.

OUR MEMBER CODE OF ETHICS

  1. I will respect the confidentiality of my client's  requests, data and purchases.
  2. I will respect the rights of others to compete to train and advise others to plan, develop, manage, govern and finance districts.
  3. I will never criticize a client's choice of equipment or design or art purchases from others.
  4. I will support the activities of regional professional, NGO and academic organizations active in the destination districts industry.
  5. I agree to support this operating foundation and abide by the guidelines in the Training and Advisory Agreement.
  6. I will cooperate with other integrators to increase the awareness among Members that working with full-service professional trainers and advisors in the field of destination development integration strengthens the industry and ensures excellent Member service.
  7. I agree that Members have rights as expressed in the operating foundation's "Member Bill of Rights."

OUR MEMBER BILL OF RIGHTS: Every Member has a right to the following -

  1. Receive an objective needs analysis from training specialists who have the knowledge, intuition, experience and training in planning, developing, managing, governing and financing destination districts.
  2. Receive the best available advice as to artwork, design, craftsmanship and programming that fits the client's application.
  3. Receive a fair price for training products and at he lowest advisory fee structure in the destination district field for advisory services.
  4. Receive realistic delivery and/or completion times.
  5. Expect the performance and condition of training products and advisory services purchased to be accurately represented.
  6. Expect the instructional productions and advisory presentations purchased to be presented in ways to fit the client's application.
  7. Receive professional installation of advisory products from qualified specialists.
  8. Be informed of warranty, training and advisory materials return policies.
  9. Receive prompt technical, consultative and informational support from qualified advisroy specialists.

Looking for your arts cluster, superblock or corridor in the North American Directory?

WHERE WE FOCUS OUR ATTENTION

Go to our updated Statistics page, down the left hand column to learn where we focus our attention. Then, look on that same column for why many arts, design and culture-based destination districts impact the social, economic and political landscape. 

DIRECTORY LINKS 

Find your district listed or mentioned in this web site's DISTRICTS page & then access data in our FAVOURITE LINKS page.

Want to know the prevailing characterisitcs of arts-inclusive districts across the continent? Here's what we found out when we surveyed 100 arts and cultural districts and arts districts in 2004:

78% use a Special Zoning Overlay       46% encourage Developers and Other Participants to make an Incremental Building or Improvement Commitment     62% make a Commitment to Installing Public Art    22% employ a TIF Scheme to Help Finance Redevelopment and General Improvements    10% use a "Close Project Review" Method    44% invented a Streetscape Plan, often based upon Best Practices found in Arts & Cultural Corridors within 100 Miles of their Emerging District    8% originated from the essences of Arts Agglomerations       80% use one or more of the following Elements to help Translate Their Arts or Cultural Story into Metaphors, Storylines, Themes, Signs and Symbols: Aesthetic Emphases, Exploring over 40 Aspects; Amenities Emphases, Exploring over 20 Aspects; Animation Features: Exploring 10 Aspects; Architectural Emphases: Exploring over 20 Aspects; Artifacts Emphases: Exploring 7 Aspects; Arts Discovery Space Emphases: Exploring nearly 20 Aspects; Business Emphases: Exploring over 30 Aspects; Commemorative Emphases: Exploring 8 Aspects; Designations Emphases: Exploring over a dozen Aspects; Elements Emphases: Exploring 6 major Aspects; Garden Emphases: Exploring 8 Aspects; Gateways Emphases: Exploring 7 Aspects; Illuminated Emphases: Exploring 5 Aspects; Special Event Production Emphases: Exploring 6 Aspects; and, Urban Design Emphases: Exploring 6 Aspects.

For a closer look at what N. A. arts and cultural corridors are doing, and why, go to the Collections page in this web site and learn how to order a copy of CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ARTS-INCLUSIVE PLACE/ 2004 STUDY.

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This page is underwritten for the Membership by Modern Masterworks Gallery Members, please visit them and recieve an outstanding discount of 40% on any collectible print from the catalogue; offer extends through 31 August, 2016. Thanks for visiting our sponsors. The 7 Arts Foundation staff and advisory board.

Copyright 2008, by ARTS ANSWERS, a division of Z Publishing

OBJECTIVES  2009

Help arts, design and cultural corridors' extensive network of artists and artisans, using their acclaimable expressions and services to help stimulate sustainable growth, measurable revitalization and kindred stimulation, thereby, giving renewal to a varied and skilled, hand-wrought culture that provides jobs, attracts visitors and tourists bearing wallets and goodwill, and therefore, reinforcing the values that edify people who live, work and play in corridor-defined communities.

A 2-year action plan, revised Spring, 2008, with the following outcomes anticipated:

1.  Develop arts and design cultivation strategies for sustainable, measurable growth in cities, towns and villages that can be shared in instructional, training and advisory settings.

2.  Work with our academic and practitioner bases to focus on programs that meet increased demand for acclaimed visual, literary and performance arts expressions in all corridors; and, re-tool our training projects that focus on entrepreneural, studio-based activities and the needs of emerging nonprofit projects formed specifically to meet the challenges and opportunities found in well-defined corridors.

3.  Re-develop effective and up-to-date communications plans to help our Members generate local arts, design and cultural activism, and to help districts of all kinds to support and initiate meaningful contact and links with other arts, design and cultural corridors.

4.  Invent regional micro-economic strategies that can reward artist/artisan/design-based industries and related nonprofit and commercial cultural tourism initiatives.

5.  Recognize the achievements of object presenters and performance producers, directors, underwriters, co-sponsors and co-producers, with a special emphasis on achievers who rely upon cooperative and alliance capitalism programs and other shared resource initiatives shaped to achieve their mission aims.

6.  Encourage public, private and nonprofit sectors to develop interdependent approaches that can sustainably develop arts, design and cultur-based districts' handmade industries.

7.  Conduct a best practices study to help determine ways that corridors have successfully invented sustainable economic opportunities for handmade industries participants while coping with corridor-wide tourism and commercialism pressures.

8.  Overcome the barriers to publishing a bi-annual guide that directs Members to studios, galleries, mainstream and alternative arts, design and other cultural venues, workshop sites, performance sites, etc...

9.  Overcome the obstacles to studying the most effective ways many districts can interact with one another through regionally focused intertown and intra-city walks, festivals, special events, media links, etc...

10.  Overcome the resource drain long-associated with fostering hub-based, clustered downtown revitalization projects that rely heavily upon art-scaping and micro-economic development initiatives for artist or designer-driven/governed districts.

11. Conduct cost-benefit analyses for Member arts, design and culture-based corridors using ever-more precise metrics and user-friendly reports that can be shared in instructional, training and advisory settings.

12. Shift the focus toward studies that help Members to use cause/effect schematic projections, to help Members understand the issues surrounding emphasis/neglect parameters, and to study the effects on districts that choose to actively compete for tourism and visitor dollars by means of re-positioning perceived competing corridors.

13. Develop Program Budgets for 2009-2011

14. Plan the 2008 Capital Campaign and Special Projects Campaign.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS for the 7 Arts Foundation, an operating foundation since 1979

Copyright 2008, by 7 Arts Foundation

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2006-2009 SEASON MEMBER DONATIONS: GIVING BACK

Our destination district corp of volunteer advisors and organizations reports donating over $261,000 in technical assistance, informational assistance and consultations this past season. Congratulations on a job well done, 37 years and counting.

Our Affiliated Studio & Gallery: Thos. Illustration Studios

OUR INITIAL TRAINING FOUNDATION APPROACH: First, we listen... Then, we answer the theoretical and the practical questions: What is developing a destination district all about? Why a district? Who decides to develop a district? How do we select a district style? Who's district is it? What develops a strong identity? How do we develop district-wide relationships? Which partnerships maximize our chances of successfully linking art, design and cultural elements with other attractions and destinations? How do we prepare to work? Where do we start? Which financing strategies work best for us? Can this foundation partner with us? Will this foundation's investment and lending affiliates help us? How do we shape the necessary work? How do we define goals? Who needs to be on the planning team? What is a district reality check? Which additional investments add potency to the scaled development we are considering? What options are available to us? How do we invent new perspectives? What is the district action plan? How do we conduct follow-ups? How do we adjust development-driven attitudes? Which barriers to district development can be overcome? Who are the right troubleshooting experts for this client? How do we deal with our organizational barriers? Does team management work in this arena? Can the client rely upon long-distance aid and assistance? How do we develop programs by delegating roles, lines of communication, responsibilities and authority? Which development skills are essential to our program?