One of the purposes of the Cape Cod Commission is “the preservation of historical, cultural, archaeological, architectural, and recreational values” in the region. The Commission supports the promotion and preservation of artistic and cultural resources on Cape Cod, especially as they relate to economic growth.
The Commission issued “Leveraging Cultural Assets for Economic Development” in 2009 to provide guidance on how to design initiatives that maximize communities’ cultural assets for economic development. Commission staff is currently updating the guide to reflect 10 years of lessons learned, best practices for collaboration, and case studies of arts and culture events, venues, and initiatives throughout the region.
The Commission’s GIS and Geodesign team has also worked with municipalities on creating cultural asset inventories, including the Towns of Wellfleet and Orleans.
If you work in arts and culture on Cape Cod and would like to contribute your story to the regional understanding of the sector's economic impact, please fill out the case study survey.