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Cultural Master Plan Public Forum

Posted by ppna on March 20, 2009

YPSILANTI—The Arts Alliance will host a regional public forum to discuss the Washtenaw County Cultural Master Plan and steps to customize the plan to meet the needs of our community. Anyone interested in the future of arts and culture in the Ypsilanti area is welcome to attend the forum which will take place at the Riverside Art Center on March 31, 2009 from 7:15pm-9pm. The presentation will focus on what the cultural plan is, how it was developed and how the Arts Alliance will be working to customize the plan to meet the needs of the Ypsilanti area.

The Washtenaw County Cultural Master Plan provides a vision for cultural development throughout the county over the next five years. Its recommendations fall into six strategic areas that were identified from the direct input of nearly 5,000 Washtenaw County residents through an online survey, an artists’ census, a study of the area’s creative economy, and in 29 interviews and community forums. The six strategic areas include Lifelong Arts & Education; Creative Economic Development; Capacity Building, Funding, and Investment; Communications, Audience Development, and Advocacy; Cultural Facilities; and Diversity and Access. Participants at the March 31, 2009 public forum will prioritize these six strategic areas and will begin brainstorming the next steps involved for developing a plan specific to the Ypsilanti area. A final customized report will be available in June 2009.

“We look forward to working with the Ypsilanti area and the other population centers throughout the county to help customize the cultural master plan,” said Tamara Real, President of the Arts Alliance. “The success of this plan greatly depends on each community’s involvement, and for this reason we felt very strongly about working in partnership with each community. We recognize that not every community will have the same needs and priorities, and through these public forums we hope to address the most important next steps for everyone as we move forward with implementing the cultural plan.”

If you plan to attend this public forum, please RSVP to Angela Martín-Barcelona, Marketing Director at the Arts Alliance at angela@annarborchamber.org.

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