In addition to focusing broadly on arts and culture the Plan will also focus specifically on public art and placemaking in the City of Henderson.
What is Placemaking?
Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being.
How does Public Art connect with Placemaking?
Public Art is a commonly used tool to help accomplish placemaking efforts in cities all over the world. Art in public places provides meaning to our public spaces, reflects the history of our city, adds uniqueness to our neighborhoods, and humanizes our built environment. Public art provides the intersection between our past, present, and future, and also has the power to transform our city because an investment in public art creates a gain in social, economic, and cultural value.
-Social Value: When people see themselves reflected in their civic spaces, they have a sense of attachment that allows them to feel ownership and respect.
-Economic Value: Enhancing the identity and character of Henderson through public art directly supports cultural tourism and economic development strategies, which can attract and retain residents.
-Cultural Value: Public Art has the power to create uniqueness through the reflection of the local history and culture which gives communities a sense of place and identity.