Creating an Arts Destination: The Community Development Process in Waynesville, North Carolina

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Candace Goode Vick, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Karla Henderson, Committee Chair en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Gene Brothers, Committee Member en_US Marvill, Catherine Leigh en_US 2010-04-02T18:19:16Z 2010-04-02T18:19:16Z 2006-08-07 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-05242006-231734 en_US
dc.description.abstract Rural towns throughout America often embark on community development as a means of social and economic renewal. Many of these towns use tourism as a tool for community development. The purpose of this investigation was to understand how a community develops into an arts destination. With its Appalachian heritage and traditional mountain culture, tourism was a natural avenue for community leaders in Waynesville, North Carolina to initiate. The investigation included a case study methodology and relied on multiple sources of evidence including direct observations, personal and focus group interviews, and historical documents and records. Guided by grounded theory, seven critical elements of community development emerged from the data. The seven critical elements were: downtown revitalization, heritage incorporation, tourism development, public-private partnerships, collaborative leadership, community buy-in, and the value of arts. Citizen participation encompassed all elements and was critical to the success of Waynesville's community development. Community development in Waynesville resulted in both a stronger and more diverse economy and created a sense of cohesiveness and pride in its citizens. The results reinforced community development and tourism development literature and provided insight into the emerging research that introduces the role of art in tourism development. Findings from the study support the value of integrating culture and arts into community and tourism development initiatives. Through telling this story other rural communities and small towns can learn from Waynesville's holistic and citizen-based approach to community development. en_US
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dc.subject arts tourism en_US
dc.subject cultural tourism en_US
dc.subject rural tourism en_US
dc.subject mountain development en_US
dc.subject North Carolina en_US
dc.subject art en_US
dc.subject heritage tourism en_US
dc.subject community development en_US
dc.subject tourism en_US
dc.subject economic development en_US
dc.subject tourism case study en_US
dc.title Creating an Arts Destination: The Community Development Process in Waynesville, North Carolina en_US MS en_US thesis en_US Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management en_US

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