Raleigh Arts Plan

Last updated Jul. 13, 2017 - 3:01 pm
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The City of Raleigh’s Office of Raleigh Arts led development of the Raleigh Arts Plan, a ten-year master plan to strengthen arts and culture for all of the City’s many communities and people. The planning process began in July 2014 and ended with City Council adoption of the Plan in February 2016.

Read the Raleigh Arts Plan
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What is a Cultural Plan?

The Raleigh Arts Plan is a community cultural plan. It comes from the community and reflects a shared vision for the cultural future of Raleigh’s people. The planning process was led by the City of Raleigh and included partners, organizations and people who want to be involved in fulfilling the community’s vision.

Cities throughout the US have used cultural plans to strengthen the cultural life of their communities. The beneficiaries of plans are the residents – the people who live and work in the community. Artists, arts and cultural organizations, creative businesses and many others are often strengthened in their efforts to serve their communities.

The goal of the Raleigh Arts Plan is to articulate a shared vision and goals for improving the cultural life of the community. This often includes the arts as a partner in education, neighborhood revitalization, tourism, economic development and more.

Raleigh Arts Plan Goals

  1. Promote an active arts and culture life throughout the community
  2. Expand youth arts participation
  3. Ensure equity, access and inclusion in all cultural programming
  4. Support the work of Raleigh's artists and arts and cultural organizations
  5. Enhance the vitality of Raleigh's neighborhoods and districts through thoughtful placemaking
  6. Enhance arts leadership and governance
  7. Strengthen marketing, promotion and valuing of the arts
  8. Create a system of sustainable arts funding

Phase 1: Project Initiation (July 2014 - Sept. 2014)

The goal of Phase 1 was to prepare the platform for a thorough and well-organized planning process. To this end, City Council appointed a steering committee comprising 34 community members and key stakeholders to advise and oversee development of the Raleigh Arts Plan and to advocate for its adoption and implementation upon completion.

Phase 2: Community Engagement & Research (Oct. 2014 - June 2015)

Phase 2 of the planning process was completed recently with a great deal of community support and engagement. More than 4,000 people have participated directly so far. Public workshops, Town Hall meetings, focus groups, interviews, surveys, community conversations, online forums and other engagement opportunities empowered community members to share their experiences, aspirations and visions for Raleigh’s arts and cultural life.

The goals of the community engagement process were to create the conditions for successful development and implementation of the Raleigh Arts Plan, to encourage a diverse array of public participation, and to provide public access to planning information and ongoing communications.

The Cultural Planning Group, consultants for the Raleigh Arts Plan, employed a diverse set of interactive tools in a triangulation methodology designed to encourage public engagement in the planning process through multiple entryways. This approach utilized a multi-level research protocol that included both qualitative and quantitative data sources. This provided different access options for all of Raleigh’s citizens to engage in the forms of participation that were best suited to their lifestyles and preferences.

Some of the most successful forms of engagement have included:

  • Community Survey: Over 1600 respondents completed the online community survey and 900 respondents completed the statistically valid mailed survey;
  • Venue Intercepts: More than 525 respondents engaged in the community survey at festivals and special events;
  • Community Conversations: 900 participants engaged in 75 peer-to-peer community conversations and 20 discussion groups;
  • Individual Interviews: The Cultural Planning Group conducted 35 in-depth personal interviews with key community leaders;
  • Social Media: More than 140 participants engaged in the Plan through the online forum;
  • Citizens Advisory Councils (CACs): Presentations on the Raleigh Arts Plan and the community engagement process were given at 15 CAC meetings.

Phase 3: Plan Development (July 2015 - February 2016)

City of Raleigh staff and the Cultural Planning Group circulated the draft plan for public review and comment beginning early October 2015. The document was thoroughly vetted by the community, the steering committee and City staff.

The Raleigh Arts Plan Steering Committee voted to recommend the draft Raleigh Arts Plan to the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board on November 17, 2015. On December 8, 2016 the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board voted to recommend the draft plan to City Council for adoption. The final Raleigh Arts Plan was adopted by City Council on February 2, 2016.

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