Placemaking is the art of identifying the unique assets of a community to create and develop strategies and outcomes around quality of life and economic sustainability that best connects people with their place. It is an intuitive, emotional and organic process that returns responsibility to the community.
Arts & Culture: A Catalyst for Change
Mason County Sculpture Trail
Ludington - Scottville - Custer - Freesoil - Fountain
Growing the Economy
Cultural economic development is one of the eight key assets of the League’s Center for 21st Century
What started out as one person’s dream and vision over 10 years ago has become a catalyst for change not only for the city of Ludington, but for the
A splendor of waterfront public space was created with an inspiring sculpture park. A playground, band shell for music and events, and a condominium development have added to the vitality and richness of this waterfront. In addition, the importance of connecting the park to downtown was realized through pedestrian walkways. Due to strong leadership, vibrant cultural and successful business communities, this Michigan destination attracts visitors year round and enjoys positive recognition for its strong agricultural, maritime and lumber heritage. With the Ludington sculpture park well established and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike year round, expanding the sculpture trail regionally to Scottville, Custer, Freesoil, and Fountain has become the next step. Fundraising has begun and the ultimate goal is to have 25 sculptures.
A Plan for Mason County
Recognizing the importance of a regional cultural economic development strategy, an 11-member task force, representing various constituent groups from the county, cities of Scottville and Ludington, private business and non-government organizations, joined together to realize its potential as a cultural hub and articulate the benefits of a strong cultural economy.
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