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for NC Arts Vol. 2 Issue 4, July 1986
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Over ten years ago, a nationwide preservation organization, National Trust for Historic Preservation, launched a program called Main Street. The program recognized the importance of downtown areas as “everybody’s neighborhood”. Main Street was adopted in twenty North Carolina cities, and has successfully restored historical landmarks and buildings.
In 1984, the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, and the Arts Center of Catawba Valley and Catawba County Council for the Arts in Hickory began their efforts to restore decaying community landmarks. Both places overcame economic challenges through community development and partnerships.
Henry Sanoff is a professor of architecture at the North Carolina State University School of Design and founder of the Community Development Group. In an interview with NC Arts, Sanoff discussed how the Group got started and how the design process translates into action in local North Carolina communities.
Cultural facility development is a key issue facing arts organizations and communities across North Carolina. Seventy counties are currently in some phase of cultural facility development, but are struggling to mobilize their cultural resources for economic growth.
Historic buildings in North Carolina are finding new uses in housing the arts. Adaptive use projects have restored and re-purposed historic buildings as spaces for performance arts, community development, museums, art centers and galleries.