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Understanding the past to build the future

Today we released “Elevating the Influence of Arts and Culture.”

The playbook is a story of our recent local arts and cultural history with which some of us may be more familiar than others. And in a time when we all would like to look forward, the famous quote by George Santayana applies: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

So, this publication gives us an opportunity to level-set. How did we get from one fiscal emergency after another… to securing one of the highest levels of public funding for arts and culture in the country… to becoming recognized as a national leader in creative placemaking? As much as it was an organic evolution, there were many players working together, looking closely at our strong assets and amplifying those strengths. In looking at what went right and what went wrong, we can use our history as a platform, pulling our collective brainpower to build the next generation of arts and cultural activity.

Though there are many, a few overarching takeaways of our own are that no one person or organization can make these kind of shifts in isolation, and that innovation happens best when two seemingly unrelated sectors meet, learn from one another, and look for uncharted solutions.

Part I gives the play-by-play of how CPAC first established a cultural plan and subsequent public sector funding for local arts and culture. Part II walks through how we sought out and built partnerships that connected arts and culture to assets like neighborhood development, healthcare and public safety. Part III ties them together to drive home that one is not possible without the other. Part IV gives you timelines, survey examples, core values and other material, in hopes that this work can be replicated.

Categories: artsandhealth, creative intersections, creative placemaking, Neighborhoods, public policy, research, resources

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