Cultural Planning

What is Cultural Planning?

Cultural Planning takes stock of existing cultural resources and asks how they can be developed to improve the vitality, prosperity, and success of our community.

Why Does Culture Matter?

A healthy arts and culture scene improves a city's livability. The arts are a proven catalyst for economic development, attracting tourists, new residents, and businesses. Art means business!

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How Was our Planning Process Organized?

After receiving grants from the Knight Foundation in December 2007, the Bradenton Cultural and Business Alliance (BCBA) hired nationally-recognized cultural planner Bill Bulick to organize the Realize Bradenton cultural planning process and the Manatee Chamber Foundation commissioned an economic impact study to gauge the financial impact of the arts and culture in Manatee County.

The cultural master planning process in 2008-09 produced a 10-year plan to leverage arts, culture, and heritage to build economic development, cultural tourism, and civic engagement. Realize Bradenton, Inc. was formed in summer 2009 to implement key plan elements in conjunction with the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority and other partners in the business, education, cultural, and civic sectors. In September 2009, Johnette Isham was appointed Executive Director of the nonprofit organization.