What is the difference between a host-led and an independent assessment?

A host-led assessment is set up by the local destination or host organization with a detailed itinerary of specific sites, activities, or experiences to review. Hargrove conducts the on-site assessment accompanied by the host, providing an opportunity to add insights or information that may impact the review. An independent assessment starts with a recommended itinerary […]

What is Placekeeping?

Initially defined by NEA and Robert Bedoya, placekeeping is the act of honoring the cultural lives of the community, preserving and protecting local architecture, craft, and other authentic characteristics of place. These assets often serve as a magnet to attract cultural heritage travelers. During destination assessments, the identification of authentic assets that are important to […]

What is Placemaking?

Placemaking utilizes arts, culture, and creativity to establish a gathering space for the community. It also serves a community’s interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth, and transformation in a way that also builds character and quality of place (Source: Artscape DIY). As a process, placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces […]