Kansas City Regional Cultural Planning - Arts Summit 2011


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Harlan Brownlee and Allan Gray, City Councilman & incoming Board Chair for the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, presented at the Arts Summit, Friday August 26 about the benefits of a Kansas City Regional Cultural Plan.

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Kansas City Regional Cultural Planning - Arts Summit 2011

  1. 1. Mission Statement• The mission of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City is to advance and support the arts for the benefit of the Kansas City region.
  2. 2. What is a Cultural Plan?• A community cultural plan is the result of a planning process that takes stock of: – communitys arts and cultural assets, – needs, opportunities, and resources, – and establishes a blue print for developing a community wide supportive environment for the future.
  3. 3. What is a Cultural Plan?• It is a unique community wide process that engages – multiple sectors of stakeholders of a city, county or region in a collective dialogue to set a common vision. – the entire community in a process that seeks and identifies ways to develop and utilize the creativity, arts and culture of a community.
  4. 4. What is a Cultural Plan?• The common vision guides a community in achieving – multiple community wide goals, – creating vitality, artistic, economic, and social relevance. – identification of current and future public/private infrastructure and facilities needs.
  5. 5. What is a Cultural Plan?• It is long-term and organic, – providing opportunity for modification, growth, – development and expansion of the plan to meet the on- going needs of a community over time.• It is an opportunity for communities to become – innovative, creative, – more accessible, diverse, and sustainable.
  6. 6. Examples• Shreveport, Louisiana – Deliberately positioned the arts as a partner in economic and community development• State of Kentucky – Recruited 600 volunteers to gather information about the state’s cultural on a county by county basis – After six months 75% of counties were embedding cultural planning within county planning
  7. 7. Examples• Houston, Texas – A branding campaign “to make arts and cultural districts exciting, beautiful, and entertaining” – Achieve stabilization and growth in the cultural arts sector as part of the regions economic base• Lee’s Summit, Missouri – Cultural Plan recommended that the City should commit to an art/cultural identity as an economic and community development strategy
  8. 8. Overview of Today• What could a regional Cultural Plan accomplish? – Discuss possible goals and vision – Keep the end results in sight as we go – Report out “A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. 9. Overview of Today• What would an ideal process look like for creating a cultural plan? –Report Out• Next Steps
  10. 10. Our Facilitator for Today• Stephen Hardy is – Director of Planning at BNIM. – Stephen believes in the power of our communities to transform the way we live, interact, and grow.
  11. 11. What could a Regional Cultural Plan accomplish?• How could a common vision influence regional arts programs and facilities?• What kind of guidance is needed to promote collaborative decision making?• How could the plan benefit the region?
  12. 12. What would an ideal process look like for creating a Cultural Plan?• How would we start?• Who would be willing to be a stakeholder?• What might a planning steering committee look like?• How could we keep momentum?• How will the process be supported?• How could we ensure buy-in?