Want to make a lasting impact in the community? Now’s your chance to help shape the arts scene in the Springs for the next decade thanks to the Arts Vision 2030 initiative.
The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, other funding partners and a diverse Steering Committee want the public’s help in creating the next 10-year cultural plan to solidify the creative sector’s relevance, impact and influence.
Through July, residents of El Paso and Teller counties can voice their opinions and share ideas to help establish goals for the creative community via the Arts Vision 2030 website. Participants can also join online digital interactive meetings, virtual focus groups, discussions, surveys and more activities to be added regularly until Arts Month in October.
“We are incredibly fortunate and excited to be developing this plan for the Pikes Peak region! We want to hear from as many people as possible,” Kendall Peterson says on behalf of the consulting team. ”We invite everyone throughout the region to engage, participate and tell their friends!”
Kendall Peterson of ThereSquared, LLC and Jill Stilwell of Stilwell Cultural Consulting, LLC will guide the development of the Arts Vision plan around the public input. But the work won’t stop at virtual meetings and activities. Each person, artist, foundation and creative organization involved will continually collaborate over the coming decade to bring the initiative to fruition.
“We came to believe that bringing folks together to craft the next 10-year cultural plan would actually serve a profoundly greater purpose right now,” says Andy Vick, co-chair of the initiative and executive director of the Cultural Office, in a press release. “We anticipate that healing and reconnection will happen during this project, through collective imagination, shared goal-setting and confident conversations about the role that creative vitality plays in our region.”
Organizers hope the common goals of Arts Vision 2030 will lead to unified support, connection for the creative sector and greater possibilities for artists, creators, local communities and beyond. Once finished, Arts Vision 2030 will offer a roadmap to guide the work of local governments, foundations, nonprofits, creative businesses, artists and cross-sector partners in bringing success and vitality to the arts in the Pikes Peak region. The final plan will be released at a community event on Oct. 27 during Arts Month.
Add your input and stay up to date on Arts Vision 2030 events at artsvision2030.com.
Who’s Who of the Arts Vision 2030 Steering Committee
Alvarez Art School, Painter, Board of Directors for the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
Bliss Studio & Gallery, Artist, Town of Monument
Cynthia Chung Aki
Poetry 719, Arts Therapist, Poet
Woodland Park Arts Alliance, Artist
Actress, Arts Advocate
UCCS Galleries Contemporary Art, Artist
Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, Dancer, Instructor
Arts Advocate, Bee Vradenburg Foundation Trustee
Sarah Sheppard Shaver
Pikes Peak Library District Sand Creek Library Director
Arts Advocate, Tiemens Foundation
Colorado Springs Philharmonic principal clarinet, EPIC Concerts