Arts Summit Survey Results


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On August 26, 2011 the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City convened over 115 individuals from the across the Kansas City metropolitan region. The goal of this meeting was to evaluate the readiness of the community for a regional cultural plan by bring together the arts community with business, government, education, and civic leaders.

President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Michael Kaiser, presented, followed by a town hall meeting facilitated by BNIM’s Director of Planning, Stephen Hardy. The discussion focused on two main questions: What do we want a cultural plan to accomplish and what would that process look like?

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Arts Summit Survey Results

  1. 1. Cultural Planning – August 26, 2011 Survey Results of Participants
  2. 2. Participants Place of Residence 70 60 50 40 30 20 10Percent 0 Missouri Kansas Did Not Specify
  3. 3. Participants Place of Work706050403020100 Missouri Kansas Did Not Specify
  4. 4. Race of Participants 100 80 60 40 20Percent 0 African-American Caucasian Asian-American Did Not Specify
  5. 5. Role in the Community 40 30 20 10Percent Ar Bu Di Ar Bo ts Ci Ci sin d M ti s ar A Fu dm vic ty Ed No ul tip t/A 0 d M Le Pl u c O ess t S le rti nd i ni th L sti em er str ad ann ato er e pe Ro cD be at er er r ad cif l e i re r or er y s
  6. 6. Age of Participants 70 60 50 40 30 20 10Percent 0 20 to 44 45 to 65 65 & Older Did Not Specify
  7. 7. Number of years residing in KC Region 50 40 30 20 10Percent 0 0 to 3 years 11 to 20 years 30 or more years 4 to 10 years 21 to 30 years Did Not Specify
  8. 8. As a region we are doing a good job of increasing the positive social and community benefits of the arts for our citizens and constituents. 70 60 50 40 30 20 10Percent 0 Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Did Not Specify
  9. 9. As a region we are doing a good job of communicating the positive social and community benefits of the arts to our citizens and constituents. 70 60 50 40 30 20 10Percent 0 Strongly Agree Disagree Did Not Specify Agree Strongly Disagree
  10. 10. I believe that a Kansas City Regional Cultural Plan that covers the five-county metropolitan area is important and necessary. 80 60 40 20Percent 0 Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Did Not Specify
  11. 11. As a result of today’s meeting, I have a much better idea of how a regional cultural plan could benefit all of us. 70 60 50 40 30 20 10Percent 0 Strongly Agree Agree Disagree
  12. 12. As a result of today’s meeting, I will be an advocate for a regional cultural plan to others. 70 60 50 40 30 20 10Percent 0 Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Did Not Specify
  13. 13. I am willing to continue to be involved with the development of a regional cultural plan. 50 40 30 20 10Percent 0 Strongly Agree Strongly Disagree Agree Did Not Specify
  14. 14. I believe the arts community is a problem-solving partner for our region, capable and willing to work together. 50 40 30 20 10Percent 0 Strongly Agree Disagree Did Not Specify Agree Strongly Disagree
  15. 15. The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City should be the administrative agency responsible for leading a regional cultural planning process. 50 40 30 20 10Percent 0 Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Did Not Specify
  16. 16. Conclusions• Identify and engage stakeholders, making a cultural plan as extensive and inclusive as possible.• Create clear and unified goals within an achievable and realistic timeframe.• Establish leadership organization, consultants and facilitators including: • A small steering committee representative of the community, with the possibility of an outside chair and rotating leadership, • Several larger sub-committees spread across the region and across demographics and cultures, • Draw on outside experience and expertise in structure and policy.
  17. 17. Conclusions• The goal of making Kansas City a regional center for the arts, where business and community leaders recognize and include the arts community as an important part of society, culture, and business.• Creating a community in which arts organizations communicate with each other, share resources, and create partnerships in order to engage the community and gain a greater appreciation for the value of the arts, both as audience and as participants.• Achieve all of this while increasing efficiency and at all times maintaining transparency and accountability to the community.
  18. 18. Conclusions• We understand that the arts are making a positive contribution to our community, but we are not communicating that value effectively or in a meaningful manner.• The majority of the participants understand the important value of a regional cultural plan, desire to be a part of the process, and will advocate on behalf of a regional cultural plan.• The majority of the participants believe that the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City is the agency that should led the development of a regional cultural plan.
  19. 19. Additional Comments Arts education for children and adults, financial supporters, communications, shared resources, benefits of regional cultural plan should be equal to all segments of the region. Community awareness, set attainable goals and communicate progress to cultural representatives. Beware of complacency after the new buildings open. That should be the beginning, not the end result. Be aware of Bi-state tax issues and the international arts festival idea.
  20. 20. Additional Comments Building a strong regional arts community still feels a little lopsided. However, it is in both urban and suburban arts groups best interest to step up to the plate and think of themselves as a region. As far as cultural planning - how do you get all five counties and how many hundreds of cities going in the same direction?  Can their be agreed upon overarching framework of goals for the region while giving local communities/ counties leeway to create their own plan and bring in those who already have a plan?  How about funding for a more localized cultural plan.
  21. 21. Additional Comments Issues that require addressing: Arts Education, Bi-state, Creative thinking, and Creative capital. Funding - sustainability! Include the humanities. Consider integrated arts programs and curriculum – that is the future of the arts. Involve high school students. They are energetic, communicate voraciously and will be the next generation to lead and participate in community. Proximity to one another, frequency of contact. Reduce competition by devising funding and other incentives around collaboration rather than competition.
  22. 22. Additional Comments Funds for school field trips to museums etc. are being reallocated & children are not experiencing the arts & creativity very much at all. Engage businesses to "Adopt some bus trips to the arts." Im concerned that there is a duplication of efforts with the Big 5 & the chambers arts and culture initiative. Plus the Mayor’s vision for his Economic Council - I want to make sure these initiatives are coordinated.
  23. 23. Additional Comments It seems that we have been able to create good processes to gather information in the past. Would like to see more work, planning, attention, money, given to the analysis of information and the subsequent plan. Keep pushing forward - you have our support! K-12 Education, Work with Arts Council to work with arts orgs, as Mid America Regional Council works with regional cities. Convince familiar groups through common pop, financial support, programming, etc. to share common goals and works towards common achievements.
  24. 24. Additional Comments Make sure the culture cover as many cultural aspects as possible. Please clarify these 3 initiatives:  1) Regional cultural plan  2) Americas Creative Crossroads  3) KC Mayors steering committee on the arts. Want to avoid duplication & confusion with KC chamber’s Big 5 ideas! Promote education, and tie it in with other successful endeavors in area - bio sciences
  25. 25. Additional Comments We need to address all levels - Socioeconomic, cultural, regional. Michael Kaiser made two very important comments - keep the arts affordable and put the great new facilities opening [in KC] to maximum use. There are so many ways that the Bolender and Kauffman Centers can benefit the cultural life of this community, a comprehensive plan would ensure that all arts venues are used most productively. We need to brand Kansas City as a dynamic center for the arts, which would increase tourism, contribute to economic development and change our citizens perception of the city. We have a great arts community, we need to let the world and our residents know about it!
  26. 26. Additional Comments Support for operating expenses, getting past the brick and mortar. The funding challenges of smaller organizations. Violence, poverty, homelessness - all are issues that affect the ability of citizens to be consumers of the arts. Thanks for your leadership! Its a great benefit to our community!