EvanstARTs Public Engagement Update - Preliminary FindingsPresentation Transcript
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT UPDATE Preliminary Findings January 15, 2013
Thank you for your interest in the evanstARTs initiative to create a vision androadmap for arts development in Evanston.This document represents preliminary findings and is subject to changeas research, data analysis and public engagement continues.A final report will be issued in March 2013.We invite your review and comment on the document and intend to provideupdates and responses to the comments we receive by February 14, 2013.As part of the design of this joint effort of the Evanston Community Foundation, the Cityof Evanston, and the Evanston Arts Council, this material is formally the property of theEvanston Community Foundation and is subject to copyright and other intellectualproperty rights. Any reproduction, circulation or public dissemination of any of thisinformation must be approved in advance. Questions, comments, suggestions andclearances can be obtained by writing us @ www.evanstarts.org or by calling the ECFoffices directly.We appreciate your interest and cooperation.
evanstARTs is:A community engagement process that is generating a vision and roadm for the arts ap for the Evanston community.W aspirations do we have for hat making the arts more vibrant, accessible, and integral to the experiences of residents, visitors, and the region?W will it take to foster a more hat dynamic arts eco-system ?
evanstARTs objectives• Heighten visibility of the lively arts scene that exists• Mobilize residents to become more involved in discussions and planning around the arts• Generate recommendations for policy, programs, and infrastructure that will enliven and expand arts production and participation, ultimately suggesting a “Roadmap for the Arts”
Community Conversations Constituencies SITES
Stakeholder Interviews Wally Bobkiewicz, City Manager Vernon Clark, Chairman, Arts Program, ETHS Lisa Corrin, Block Museum Mark Dennis, Pastor, Musician Norah Diedrich, Evanston Art Center Carolyn Dellutri, Downtown Evanston Jane Grover, Alderman Chris Jones, Theater Critic, Evanston resident/parent Dan Kelch, Restaurateur /Business Owner Lucile Krasnow, Community Relations, Northwestern University Jay Lytle, Banker, former Mayor Hardy Murphy, Superintendent, District 65 Bea Rashid, Choreographer, Dance Educator Stuart Rosenberg, Producer, Businessman Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor
Survey respondents: 579Most respondents live in Evanston (79%), and 87% have lived in Evanston for more than 5 years.Eleven percent (11%)grew up in Evanston.More than half of respondents (54%) work in Evanston. evanstARTs survey Response Response Answer Options Percent Count I live and work in Evanston 42.3% 245 l live in Evanston and work elsewhere 19.0% 110 I live elsewhere and work in Evanston 11.6% 67 I live in Evanston, but am not currently 18.0% 104 employed I dont live or work in Evanston but am 9.2% 53 engaged in the Evanston community
Where Respondents LiveRepresentation from every Ward in Evanston.
Patrons & Artists While most classify themselves as patrons of the arts (51%), many classify themselves as both artists and patrons (36%). Another 13% view themselves as artists or arts practitioners.
Arts express identity• Evanston is home to many • What makes Evanston worth artists in multiple disciplines, the trip; “what will you but most find work in Chicago discover?" or elsewhere… • There needs to be a• We want the arts to be “vibrant continuum of arts pursuit and core” to the City from grassroots to perfection, one that has a broadly defined aesthetic of• The City’s diverse excellence, inclusive of “high communities need to be a part brow” to popular of the identity it promotes
Evanston’s Arts Eco-System
Issues and Themes Perceptions of the Arts in Evanston Needs of Artists/Arts Organizations Concern for Quality, Diversity Branding, Marketing and Promotion of arts/ city Resources Needed for Growth Audiences- growth, education, recruitment Arts Education, curricular/ of school out Sources of Support- public, private Collaboration- interdisciplinary, cross-sector Role of City Government, Business, Schools Trends worth further study/ replication
Frequently Cited Issues/ Ideas Need for greater access/ affordability of arts activities Awareness of existing activity is limited Parking is costly, often unavailable Importance of arts events near public transportation Role of Northwestern: offers much, could do more? Benefits of partnerships among artists, arts disciplines Absence of nightlife for teens, young and mature adults Concern for safety as an obstacle to participation Desire for better promotion of the arts Acknowledgement/ support for culturally diverse art forms Desire for less duplication of effort/better communication
Artists’ Perceived Need for ImprovementsThere are several areas viewed as having improvement potential to bolster arts in Evanston . “the arts are already an important component to Evanston’s economy... The pieces need to be organized and addressed and promoted comprehensively to benefit the entire City.”
Barriers to Participation Two most commonly cited barriers to participation in Evanston: awareness (52%) and lack of time (51%.“W need a eclearing-house orother way tobetteradvertise thearts inEvanston.”
Curricular & Extra-Curricular ArtsRespondents with children reported arts orgs or artists provide training at their school (62%), and a significant portion also utilize non-school activities. Are there arts organizations or teaching artists that provide arts education at your child’s school? Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Yes 62.0% 75 No 14.0% 17 Dont know 24.0% 29 “Keep arts Does your child(ren) participate in arts classes, outside of education in school, IN Evanston? all disciplines Response Response Answer Options available to Percent Count children of all Yes 58.5% 69 levels.” 41.5% 49 No
Supporting the Arts in Evanston Frequency of Patronage of Arts in Evanston ▫ While 46% of our respondents reported patronizing Evanston Arts a few times a year, 54% are monthly or more frequent patrons.An arts patron is defined as someone who attends art performances, concerts,exhibits and related programming, and may or may not also contribute financiallyto the production or presentation of art.How often do you participate in arts and cultural activities in Evanston? Response ResponseAnswer Options Percent CountA few times a year 45.7% 224Once a month 26.1% 1282-4 times a month 18.0% 885-6 times a month 5.7% 287-10 times a month 1.8% 9More than 10 times per month 2.7% 13 “I … would like to see the com unity praise m and visit m often what the arts are in ore Evanston.”
Supporting the Arts in Evanston Subscriptions ▫ 38% report subscribing to at least one Evanston arts organization. Are you a subscriber to one or more Evanston arts organizations? Response Answer Options Response Count Percent Yes 38.0% 186 No 62.0% 304“ I often find that I enjoy art events in the city because they push theenvelope m ore, they encourage m independent thought...” ore “Events in Chicago are m appealing.” ore“Not enough cutting edge work” “There is just so much to choose from in Chicago that we tend tofill up our calendar quickly…”
Supporting the Arts in Evanston Another gauge of arts support is the percentage of people who classify themselves as donors or financial supporters (50%). However, 57% also report supporting arts organizations outside of Evanston Are you a donor to or financial supporter of the arts IN Evanston? Response Response Answer Options Percent Count Yes 49.5% 234 No 50.5% 239Are you a financial supporter or donor to artsactivity OUTSIDE of Evanston? Response ResponseAnswer Options Percent CountYes 57.0% 270No 43.0% 204
Supporting the arts in Evanston:Volunteering represents another form of support forarts organizations. 39% report volunteering with anarts organization. Do you contribute volunteer service to any local arts endeavor? Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Yes 39.2% 186 No 60.8% 289
Other Arts Patronage Not surprisingly, Chicago is the key competition for arts patronage. Where else do you to go to attend and/or enjoy the arts? (check all that apply) Response Response Answer Options Percent Count Chicago 95.4% 457 other nearby suburbs 48.2% 231 outside the Chicago area 25.5% 122 do not attend arts outside 1.9% 9 Evanston Other (please specify) 34“Evanston has no facility that brings out a sense ofoccasion, a sense of professionalism urbanism for a , ,night out”
What we need…“Get the right people, right positions and structure to advance the arts.”
Vision for the Arts in Evanston Eva ns to n is inve s te d in fo s te ring ad y na m ic , a c c e s s ible a nd c ultura lly -ric h a rtsc o m m unity . Cre a tivity flo uris he s in a we lc o m ing ,c o lla bo ra tive e nviro nm e nt tha t e nc o ura g e slife lo ng p a rtic ip a tio n in the a rts by re s id e ntsa nd vis ito rs a like .
How canEvanstonrealize its
Central Plan• Convene and coordinate existing arts initiatives, including downtown arts district, evanstARTs, arts education groups• Design an infrastructure that brings together a “convergence” of educational institutions, funders, creative professionals, philanthropy and government to create a plan that is aligned with the City and articulates “what we need to do as a city.”• Establish a convener organization to be a central clearinghouse for funding and arts identity, with clear timelines and outcomes• City should be a leader in convening, play a active role in fostering the spirit and structure for more activity, but NOT be the implementer
Coordinated Infrastructure• Make a decision about the downtown space. Assemble a team to launch within the next year.• Define roles and relationships between City entities, including the Arts Council, and other private initiatives• Pursue more comprehensive research on public/private funding mechanisms and lessons from similar municipal communities nationwide• Create a L3C real estate company dedicated to the express purpose of creating arts spaces• Create artists live/work space. Connect affordable housing to meet the needs of artists• Create a multi-media arts corridor• Design mechanisms to integrate arts into Evanston neighborhoods.
Leadership• Create an independent cultural leadership position, or “arts czar” post to spearhead cultural development activities, raise money and focus arts development in partnership with the City• Establish a cabinet level position to coordinate arts inclusion in economic development and budgeting within City government• Drive continued, coordinated research and planning process• Revisit arts in relationship to the city; invest in arts support through direct inclusion in budget and overall economic plan• Create an artist-in-residence position in City Hall
Public/Private Partnerships • Generate greater support for the existing united arts fund (ECF) and other mechanisms which would seek/attract other financial partnerships, donors and support and augment existing efforts of arts organizations • Address arts inclusion in all business districts—emerging as well as existing • Review zoning and permitting regulations to better support arts activity • Increase City funding for artists, both number and size of grants
Coherent, Consistent Identity asan Arts City
Communication• Create a social media portal that enables artists to network and collaborate• Begin to build regional alliances for cross- promotion and collaboration
Nurturing young artists and patrons• Cultivate future arts audiences by enhancing arts education in the schools and in non-school settings• Align efforts with existing initiatives such as Evanston Arts Education Coalition, YEA and AAI• Fortify the relationship between the City of Evanston and Northwestern University through cross promotion and collaborative programs
What the City (can/should) Do Serve as convener/facilitator Lead the effort to create a in bringing artists, arts groups, focal point with anchor business and community facility/facilities in downtown together district Encourage increased arts Bring coherent, high-level activity in non-central areas structure, rigor, focus and skilled leadership to guide Explore use of TIFF, SSI, City’s arts efforts Bonding, and new tax strategies, such as 1% Examine policies, regulations, allocation licensing and zoning to better support arts/arts activity
Immediate Next Steps Public Comment & Review on preliminary findings www.evanstarts.org Continued data analysis and additional research on comparable cities Report drafted and posted Final Recommendations to City; review by City Council First efforts to align reports and “fortify” the eco-system