The Piedmont Council for the Arts has finalized a cultural plan for Charlottesville and Albemarle County. It's the area's first ever cultural plan, but it still needs to be adopted by the city and the county.
It comes after plenty of community suggestions and months of meetings with artists and audiences.
The "Create Charlottesville" plan makes recommendations for enhancing arts education in schools and marketing the region as a cultural destination.
Piedmont Council for the Arts Press Release
September 16, 2013 (Charlottesville, VA) – On September 13, 2013, the Create Charlottesville Steering Committee voted unanimously to approve the area's first-ever cultural plan and recommended its adoption by the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The approved plan is posted on www.charlottesvillearts.org/createcville.
As the designated local arts agency of Charlottesville and Albemarle, PCA coordinated the cultural planning process, which launched in January 2013 and involved a 28-member Steering Committee, PCA working group, and task forces, as well as interviews and focus groups with more than 200 area citizens and an electronic survey completed by 1,000. The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study data and other recent area research were also incorporated into the planning process.
Based on examples from other cities, a cultural plan will enhance quality of life and creative economic development initiatives. The plan enables more strategic local investment in arts and culture, with a greater return on that investment for the community. It also better equips PCA and our partners to respond to arts-related needs. Create Charlottesville will enhance promotion of cultural, economic development, and tourism interests; increase collaboration among artists and arts organizations; and improve services provided to our citizens and visitors. It also helps area funders, public and private, understand prioritized needs in the arts community so they can make more informed funding decisions.
Public feedback on the Create Charlottesville draft was accepted through September 2, 2013 and the comments were incorporated into the final stages of the planning process.
The planning process is now complete and the cultural plan has entered the implementation stage. PCA is hopeful that the cultural plan will be adopted by the City and County.
The finalized plan will be released to the community with a January 2014 exhibit at CitySpace.