LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 12, 2016) – Artists and arts and cultural organizations in the Greater Louisville region are invited to help create an inventory of cultural assets for the area as part of the development of a regional Master Plan for the Arts. The master plan, which is expected to be completed at the end of this year, will aim to identify and mobilize our regional arts and cultural resources, enhance quality of life, spur economic development, and advance cultural tourism.
This inventory is an important part of the overall planning process because it will identify the wealth of arts and cultural resources in the region. The questionnaire is open now through midnight on Thursday, June 30. Artists, and arts and culture-related nonprofit organizations, clubs, businesses and groups should visit greaterlouisvillearts.com to complete the questionnaire. Only one questionnaire should be completed per artist or group.
A comprehensive inventory of regional arts and cultural organizations is critical to ensure the creation of a useful master plan that benefits the entire region. The brief online questionnaire covers topics such as the artistic discipline(s) in which the artist or organization is active, key needs that would contribute to the artist or organization’s success, the purpose of the organization, number of employees and volunteers, operating budget, and physical facility use and needs. All information will remain confidential and only organizations and groups that give permission will be listed in in a directory of arts and culture resources in the Greater Louisville region.
The Cultural Asset Inventory is just one of several public engagement opportunities that are part of the overall planning process. Most recently, more than 1,300 respondents took an anonymous online public survey to share their thoughts and hopes for the arts in our region, and more than 250 people participated in free workshops at the Southwest Regional Library, the Ogle Center in New Albany, Louisville Central Community Center in West Louisville and the Clifton Center, as well as several sector workshops with artists, leaders of arts organizations, educators, tourism professionals, business sector representatives and funders. In a workshop at Atherton High School, seniors who live in neighborhoods across Greater Louisville offered a range of viewpoints.
The master plan and implementation strategy is expected to be finalized by the end of 2016 and will articulate a common platform of goals and strategies aimed at building alignment, leveraging resources, and positioning the Louisville region’s arts and cultural sector to lead and support the community’s overall vision for the future.
For more information or to sign up to receive project news and updates, visit GreaterLouisvilleArts.com. To ask questions, please email [email protected]. Follow along at Facebook.com/LouisvilleArtsPlanor on Twitter at @LouArtsPlan.