Thriving Arts, Culture, and Heritage

Goal H: Greater Boston is full of unique places and experiences that bring joy and foster diversity and social cohesion.

Greater Boston is full of unique places and experiences that bring joy and foster diversity and social cohesion.

In 2050, residents and visitors of all backgrounds enjoy a wide variety of historical, cultural, recreational, and artistic experiences. Public art, cultural institutions, and social activities reflect our region’s diversity. Residents of all ages, abilities, and incomes have opportunities for creative expression and art education. Public and private funding makes art more accessible to a broader audience. Public programming and urban design encourages opportunities for social and cultural experiences and walkability, building social connections and cohesion. New development complements and enhances existing city and town centers. Historic buildings and cultural landscapes that are important for understanding our region’s people and cultures are protected or adapted to contemporary needs.

  1. People of all ages and backgrounds are able to participate in arts, cultural, and social activities, building community and social cohesion.

  2. Public art and programming contribute to our understanding of our region’s people, places, and history.

  3. Affordable spaces exist for artists to live and work in communities throughout the region, including live/work, maker spaces, light – industrial fabrication facilities, and innovation incubators.

  4. Historic buildings, properties, and landscapes are adapted to meet contemporary challenges, including climate, housing, accessibility, and recreational needs.

  5. Historic preservation efforts document and preserve the full range of cultural heritage in our region.

  6. Urban design, public art, and new development contribute to a human-centered, safe, and delightful public realm.