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A strong arts and culture sector for a stronger community... what does that mean to you? Alongside many others, we have strong opinions on the topic as individuals at CPAC. One thing is clear though; as a collective organization, CPAC maintains that no matter what role you think arts and culture should play in our communities, those assets must be strong in order to perform any role at all. Megan Van Voorhis came out in full force last week to give you a flavor of her vision as our new president and CEO.

"If we are to realize the opportunity of arts and culture, we must ensure that our arts and culture assets are strong. The tax that funds arts and culture in our community is in decline. We are stable now, but we need to plan for the future, and that begins with finding an additional public revenue stream to support arts and culture at the local level. I am ready to lead the charge with all of you. I hope you'll join me."

Van Voorhis's message was preceded by some incredible insights from two public leaders who care deeply about their communities and understand the unique roles arts and culture play in the lives of those they serve.

All this and more came up last Friday, and it was a blast. If you didn't make it to the Breakfast, we hope you'll come next year (no, we don't have dates or location yet). There were substantial conversations among arts, cultural, public and corporate attendees. For those ideas we couldn't record, we hope they are settling in and starting to permeate offices throughout the region. With that in mind, we don't want you to miss the inspiring and impromptu words from Councilman Kevin Conwell and Mayor Stanley Koci, or the important closing message delivered by Megan Van Voorhis. Watch videos pulled from the Facebook live feed (please excuse the quality) and the transcription from Megan's remarks below.

 

2018 Breakfast Opening from CPAC on Vimeo.

Welcome to the fourth annual Public Officials Recognition Breakfast, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture

 

2018 Public Officials Recognition from CPAC on Vimeo.

Recognizing Councilman Kevin Conwell and Mayor Stanley Koci for their partnership and investments in arts and culture in their communities.

 

Closing Remarks from CPAC on Vimeo.

Megan Van Voorhis closes the 2018 Public Officials Recognition Breakfast with an important message.

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We know as well as all of you that our collective work is not done. Concerns about population decline, economic progress, educational advancement, and public health epidemics persist. Responding to these challenges will require the cooperation, coordination and engagement of a diverse set of stakeholders. For progress and innovation will not come from one single source, but rather from the creative deployment of our unique set of assets in combination with one another. We cannot afford to leave any assets out as we strive for a brighter future for all. And that means going even deeper in our understanding and engagement of arts and culture for community progress.

The seeds have already been sown. As Gary noted, we have made significant progress in building deep cross-sector connections between arts and culture, neighborhood development and healthcare. And the skills that we have built through those creative intersections can be applied to all of the challenges and opportunities before us.

The role of arts and culture in our economy is well-documented. We know that our creative industries are an economic force in and of themselves and they fuel jobs in other industries. We also have widespread understanding that our arts and cultural assets contribute to attraction and retention of businesses and tourism. But we are primed for more. I’ll give you an example: Our data tells us that we have a regional specialization in the occupation of design. And design is one of the chief ways that companies are innovating today. What would happen if we could pair up those design assets with the companies that need them and then invest in the connection? In short, combining our assets could yield growth in two industries, not just one. If we are striving for an innovation economy, design voices need to be at the economic development table. And if we’re talking about any economic development strategy, arts and culture needs to be at the table.

If we are to realize the opportunity of arts and culture, we must ensure that our arts and culture assets are strong. And that begins with finding an additional public sector revenue stream to support this arts and culture sector at the local level. And, we must grow support for arts and culture at the state and federal level. But we can’t stop there. We must support efforts to grow our creative industries, by opening up private sector capital for individual artists and for-profit businesses, expanding incentives for film and theatrical production and developing new incentives that foster cross-sector collaboration. We must support art and music therapy licensure at the state level that encourages the use of expressive arts therapies as alternatives for paint management among many other things. And, finally, we must ensure that our youth have equitable access to arts education opportunities – because they are the ones that must create the economy of tomorrow.

Remember, a strong arts and culture sector for a stronger community.

~Megan Van Voorhis, president and CEO, CPAC

Categories: advocacy, art therapy, Arts and Safety, Arts Education, artsandhealth, Economy, music therapy, Policy Makers, public policy

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