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  • Kansas City Regional Cultural Planning





  • What is cultural planning?

    A structured, community-wide fact-finding and consensus building processIdentification of existing cultural resources and community needs/opportunitiesPlanning actions and securing resources in response

  • 5 steps to a cultural plan

    1. Preplanning - evaluate community readiness

    2. Community Assessment - Local Arts Index

    3. Goal Setting - regional plan based on assets and needs

    4. Implementation

    5. Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Community Readiness checklist

    Arts Community Support - Is there engagement from the communitys arts and cultural leaders?

    Political Support - will elected officials endorse the regional cultural plan and formally support implementation?

    Representation - will planning participants / plan reflect the communitys diversity?

    Financial Support - is there be funding available from local govt., business and private sources to offset planning costs? Can funds be raised to implement collaborative planning recommendations?

    Administrative Support - Is there an organization with administrative capacity to serve as facilitator of the planning process?

  • Why do Cultural Planning? Find new answers to old problems (detiorating downtowns, at-risk youth and inadequate arts in education...)

    Tap the full economic development potential of local artists and cultural organizations

    Better anticipate problems or opportunities that become evident through community assessment

    Spark renewed civic pride

    Strengthen support for artists and nonprofit cultural organizations

    Fully integrate arts into education

    Raise funds to support cultural development

    Determine feasibility of establishing a cultural district or cultural facilities

    Enhance access to cultural programs for a broader base of citizens

  • impact on communityMore and improved arts programs

    Enhanced communication and cooperation among community arts groups

    Fuller integration of the arts in the community

    Increased visibility of artists and arts organizations

    Improved public access to the arts / increased audience base

    Enhanced community awareness of the potential contributions of arts and culture to community and eco devo

    Increased cultural facilities (in some cities)

    Increased funding from public and private sector, despite overall nationwide trend of decreasing funding for the arts

    Since implementing our cultural plan, public funding for the arts has quadrupled, private funding has doubled, audience have expanded.

  • cultural plans involve:


    Art audiences

    Arts education

    Arts facilities

    Community development

    Economic development


    Financial support for the arts

    Historic preservation


    Cultural accessibility

    Performing arts

    Public art


    Elected officials

    Special public events


    Urban design

    Visual arts