Arts and Culture Master Plan
The Renton City Council adopted the Arts and Culture Master Plan on August 9, 2010. The community developed strategies to ensure that arts & culture thrive in Renton. Read the plan and sign up to help make it happen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Renton is leading an effort to create a five year Arts & Culture Master Plan with the community. The Master Plan process will create actionable strategies that:
- Better serve and represent Renton’s diverse population
- Leverage resources to implement plan goals
- Support the growth and leadership efforts of community arts groups
- Establish criteria and guidelines for the future placement of public art in both commercial districts and residential neighborhoods.
- Partner with local organizations, including the Renton School District, to enhance arts education
- Identify the optimal role of the Renton Municipal Arts Commission and other local arts and culture organizations
- Support local emerging and experienced artists
- Ensure arts and cultural facilities meet the current and future needs of the community
“Nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economic driver in communities—a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity every year—$63.1 billion in spending by organizations and an additional $103.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences.” Americans for the Arts - Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences
What’s happened so far?
Lund Consulting, Inc. was selected to assist City staff and community members in creating a plan. Community interviews were conducted by Lund Consulting and a Community Steering Committee met twice to provide input and feedback to the plan and process. The following informational materials were provided at the Steering Committee meetings:
January 28 Meeting
March 18 Meeting
On April 8, 2010, an Arts and Culture Master Plan Open House was hosted at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center to not only present the strategies developed, but to celebrate arts and culture with live performances. Input from the public was used to refine the Steering Committee’s recommendations.
The Arts & Culture Master Plan is currently under development and will be presented to the Renton City Council Committee of the Whole for consideration on July 12, 2010. If adopted, the Renton Municipal Arts Commission will serve as the coordinating entity to work with community groups and individuals to help implement the plans strategies.
How can I get involved?
If you are interested in helping to implement the Arts & Culture Master Plan, please contact email@example.com.
If you are on Facebook, please considering becoming a fan on the Renton Arts Network page. Renton Arts Network strives to become the place to go to learn about arts and culture activities and opportunities for artists and the general community.
For more information
For more information about arts and culture at the City of Renton, visit Renton Municipal Arts Commission, Carco Theatre or Community Services “What’s Happening.”
For more information about community based arts and culture organizations, visit:
“The arts are a medium of intellectual and ethical inquiry, a way of investigating the ever-changing world, of exploring the meaning of memory and tradition, and of charting the inner, subjective surfaces of human experience.” – Christopher Waterman, UCLA Magazine, “Why Art Matters”