ART URBANE'S MISSION IS TO FUND AND RAISE AWARENESS OF ART AND CULTURE AND ITS MANY BENEFITS TO THE INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY.
ART AND CULTURE:
SEED THE CREATIVE GENIUS
Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.
REDUCE ECONOMIC BLIGHT
Mural Arts projects are among the top five investments the city can make on commercial corridors, where they help reduce blight and increase retail sales and property values.
INCREASE TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
"The key is to treat the arts as an essential part of the city’s identity. Successful creative placemaking builds the economy at the local level, enhances surrounding non-arts businesses and provides job opportunities and ways for individuals to participate in activities associated with the arts and cultural events. The results bring people together, spark community pride and create a more vibrant “place.”
IGNITE THE SOCIAL WELLBEING OF LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES
"The arts and culture continue to have a demonstrable impact on measures of social wellbeing in Philadelphia, particularly in the city's least advantaged areas. One wonders, however, if economic inequality continues to undermine the strength of cultural programs in low-wealth neighborhoods, whether the arts can continue to mitigate the effects of social injustice."
DoSomething.Org "11 Facts About Art in Education"
Craig Watson (Director at the California Arts Council) "How the Arts and Cultural Tourism Spur Economic Development", Western City (May 2013)
Mark J. Stern, Kenneth L.M. Pray "Measuring the outcomes of creative placemaking", University of Pennsylvania, Social Impact of the Arts Project (May 2014)