Cultural and heritage tourism is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, according to the North Dakota Tourism Division. Cultural resources are also the amenities people look for when moving to a new town. Developing cultural resources is one way of bringing community people together around a common theme and keeping residents vested in their place.
Arts investments in small towns can be an integral component of driving economic vitality by attracting residents and visitors alike to the main streets which are an enduring symbol — and critical to the future — of rural communities.
The future of many rural towns will be shaped by how well they can create vibrant communities where people want to be.
Doug O’Brien, USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development
The city of Pekin, North Dakota, population 80, has built their Art Days into an event that draws over a thousand people a year and is the largest judged art show & sale in North Dakota.
Check out the ND Tourism Department for history and culture events and be sure to contact them to get your local event listed on their website.