Goals of the Arts, Culture, and Creative Placemaking Strategic Plan
For starters, ARC will use the strategic plan to change the way it operates, infusing arts, culture, and creative placemaking into all of its work; whether that work is planning for the region’s future or providing services that help residents and caregivers today.
The hope is that by strategically adding arts and culture to everything it does, ARC can find ways to help local governments do more along those lines, as well.
According to the input ARC received, stakeholders hope that ARC - through the Arts, Culture, and Creative Placemaking Strategic Plan - will:
- Demonstrate how ARC will support the diverse cultural practices and traditions across the region and work to ensure diversity in arts and culture is a key element of the region’s identity.
- Advocate for artists, creatives, and arts and cultural organizations having a seat at the table in business, civic planning, and decision-making discussions to enhance holistic thinking and bring a different viewpoint to problem solving and a unique voice that needs to be heard.
- Lead the region in promoting and using arts, culture, and creative placemaking in planning across disciplines and jurisdictions in an integrated approach that improves the quality of life and makes the region more equitable for everyone.
- Incorporate arts and culture in the agency’s work and day-to-day operations and contribute to a greater understanding of the impacts of arts and culture in regional and local planning.
- Encourage a collaborative and inclusive ecosystem of arts, culture, and creative placemaking across the region.
ARC will create two working groups to assist with the implementation of this plan within ARC and in the region’s many jurisdictions. The first group will be an internal group to encourage implementation in ARC’s plans and services. The other will include the ARC group as well as external partners who will collaborate to foster implementation around the region.
The process for developing this plan began in August 2018. It was spearheaded by a 28-person steering committee comprised of leaders from arts nonprofits, local jurisdictions, and educational institutions throughout the region.