It’s been a whirlwind as we launch the Creative City Road Map planning process. Before the Open Houses and the Artist Engagement Team hit the streets, we gathered together two important groups of community members that are helping to form the planning process: the Steering Committee and the Work Groups.
In June, we pulled together a wiz-bang Steering Committee made up of elected officials and their staff, City staff, system partners, and experts in the community working at the systems level. This group provides high-level guidance and identified five topic areas they believe are important to include in the Creative City Road Map.
Topic areas include:
- Creative Lifelong Learning and Sharing
- Creative Engagement
- Artist Support
- Arts and the Economy
The Steering Committee then nominated people to sit on five Work Groups that address these topic areas. Each Work Group contains 15-23 members who are City staff, individual artists, representatives from nonprofit arts, culture and community organizations, and creative practitioners from the for-profit sector. These Work Groups are charged with refining their topic areas and then making goal and objective recommendations to pass onto the Steering Committee; after their review, these recommendations will go into the Road Map for approval by the City Council.
Each Work Group met twice in the early fall and are at different stages of brainstorming and visioning the future of arts and culture in Minneapolis. We’ve met in City Hall and also out in the community: Zeus Jones, University Research and Outreach Center, and the Playwright’s Center. These Work Groups will now pause as the staff team collects information requested by the Work Groups and the Artist Engagement Team gathers feedback in the community.