Creative Placemaking and Cultural Arts Master Planning are a vivid component of supporting a robust, accessible visible arts presence. Over the years, Santa Barbara has been engaged in a number of different planning initiatives, collaborating with various city and county stakeholders across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. The City Arts Advisory Committee and Arts Commission are both tasked with developing and maintaining Arts Master Plans for the community. Both bodies make arts policy recommendations to their respective elected officials.

Learn about the Creative Communities Project, the Santa Barbara Foundation's current research initiative, and the chances to participate in a Visioning Session near you in 2019.

Learn about the Santa Barbara School of the Arts.

Read the 1987 Santa Barbara Arts Masterplan.

Read the NEA guide to Creative Placemaking.

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