With the adoption of Raleigh’s first Ar ts Plan
by City Council in February 2016, we are
moving forward with effor ts to strengthen
the ar ts and culture for all Raleigh
The 10-year “Creative Life” plan grew out
of a process that engaged citizens from
throughout the community. The plan lays out
an ambitious agenda for the future of ar ts
and cultural development in Raleigh, built
upon this vision:
“Raleigh is a community connected through
ar ts and culture, where every person is
empowered to lead the creative life they
The eight goals of the plan reflect this
Promote an active ar ts and culture
life throughout the community.
Expand youth ar ts par ticipation.
. Ensure equity, access and inclusion
in all cultural programming.
Suppor t the work of Raleigh’s
ar tists and ar ts organizations.
Enhance the vitality of Raleigh’s
neighborhoods and districts
through thoughtful placemaking.
Enhance ar ts leadership and
Strengthen marketing, promotion
and valuing of the ar ts.
Create a system of sustainable
ar ts funding.
The Ar ts Plan embraces a key goal in the
City’s 2015 Strategic Plan: “
Raleigh’s diverse offerings of arts and
cultural resources as iconic celebrations of
our community that provide entertainment,
community, and economic benefit.
Ar ts Plan, along with community input and
research from the planning process, will play
a role in implementing the Strategic Plan.
The Ar ts Plan also advances this statement
in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan: “Raleigh’s
commitment to ar ts and culture is essential
to the health, well-being, and vitality of the
City.” It fur ther reflects a goal in the 2014
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
System Plan: “The City of Raleigh will be a
national leader in suppor ting the ar ts.”
The plan embraces 63 strategies—some
small and easily achievable, others more
aspirational and less easily attainable.
Taken together, they will fulfill City Council’s
vision of making Raleigh a nationally
recognized leader in ar ts and culture.
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