Read 'Em and Rank 'Em

As I mentioned last week, there are 15 specific strategy suggestions coming out of the Regional Creative Capacity Project. They were not listed in the Phase One report because they have not been finalized, and in fact there is much more discussion to come over the next 3 months before these are cast in stone. That is where you, dear reader, come in.

But first, here's a snapshot of the 15 recommendations:

Under the heading of "strengthening our infrastructure"

1. Establish opportunities to collaborate on community-wide marketing.

2. Increase the number of community based performance and exhibition venues.

3. Build a regional arts advocacy organization to increase regional public and private support for arts & culture.

4. Establish public incentives to increase private sector giving to the arts.

5. Increase county and jurisdictional funding for arts & culture

6. Establish a dedicated regional public funding base for the arts & culture.

Under the heading of "expanding access and learning"

7. Increase opportunities for free or reduced access to arts experiences.

8. Integrate the community’s arts and cultural resources into the education of every K-8 student in the region’s school districts..

9. Establish the Portland Metropolitan area as an art and design center of excellence.

10. Expand public art commitments in the region.

11. Develop a comprehensive event database to be used by website portals

Under the heading of "investing in creative talent"

12. Develop low-cost, work/live & work space for artists.

13. Create opportunities to network with other artists and art supporters.

14. Increase the purchase of local art and creative talent.

15. Develop a revolving loan program for artists materials and transportation on signed contracts for goods and services.

Now, having seen these, I'm sure you have comments. Which of these rise to the top for you? Do any of them sound absurd? Does something appear to be missing? Well there's something we can do about that. Please complete this brief online survey to weigh in on each of these proposed strategies. It will be open through September 25 and should only take 5 minutes of your time.

More background at, of course. Now discuss.


MightyToyCannon said...

If you happen to be a cultural planning geek, the Wallace Foundation just released a new RAND Corporation report on the role state arts agencies can play in building arts participation. This one focuses on the demand side of the arts economy. In brief, how might policy and support for arts education and early exposure to the arts contribute to building (or maintaining) audiences?

Cultivating Demand for the Arts: Arts Learning, Arts Engagement, and State Arts Policy.

"Audiences for classical music, jazz, theater, visual arts and other art forms have all declined as a percentage of the population in recent years, and as this new RAND report argues, reversing that trend will require more than simply expanding the supply of art and people’s access to it. It will also require cultivating more demand through arts education and other means to ensure that there are more people sufficiently knowledgeable about the arts to want to engage with them."

The report is 150 pages (!), so get yourself a strong shot of espresso before diving in. When you're finished reading it, come on back and chat.

culturejock said...

Thanks for posting that, MTC. I just read it on Wednesday and I'm still processing...

MightyToyCannon said...

Hey! I was going to be a good citizen and complete the survey, but it seems to be closed already even when I try linking from the Creative Capacity website.

culturejock said...

Well THAT'S not good. Sam's office seems to have fixed whatever the glitch was. Sorry about that MTC. Try again!

cynseattle said...

Just took the survey, I like what I'm seeing in the action items!

and thanks for another late night of reading, MTC...sigh...