CDA Explores
Arts & Economic Development

Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, 2016

Join us for this premier event to be held at the Elms Resort & Spa in Excelsior Springs, Mo. In this two-day educational training, you will learn how the arts and culture can be an addition and diversification of traditional community and economic development practices and how the arts can favorably impact local and regional economies. For more information and registration info, visit the CDA Explores Arts and Economic Development web page.

Community Arts Program

The MU Extension Community Arts Program is a three-way partnership between MU Extension, the University of Missouri and Missouri communities to promote and foster community and economic development through the arts.

Across the United States, rural communities are discovering creative and innovative ways to use the arts to help reshape and bolster their social, physical and economic well-being. The arts can play a crucial and valuable role in local community and economic development efforts.

This initiative began in January 2012 with six central Missouri communities actively engaged during the first year in Creativity and Community Engagement Workshops with MU Arts faculty and MU Extension faculty — exploring and planning for using the arts as a strategy to enhance community building, spark innovation and create new economic opportunity. The City of Lexington was awarded the first pilot project community in January 2013. For more information on the MU Extension Community Arts Pilot Project in Lexington, visit Lexington chosen for MU Extension Community Arts Project.


Give today

By pledging your support today, your gift will help MU Extension’s Community Arts Program continue to work with a multi-generational population in Missouri using the arts to build vibrant communities and create economic opportunity.