Creative City Road Map August e-update

The Creative City Road Map is an 18-month long arts and culture planning process that will result in the development of a 10 year community vision for developing the city’s arts, culture and the creative economy. Find the planning process mission here.

All together now!

On July 30, representatives from over 70 organizations gathered together at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for a big focus group. The reason? To learn about how the Road Map goals connect with the important work being done by creative organizations all over our city. We talked about alignment with the draft Road Map and with each other. As we finish drafting the Road Map, the information we gathered at the focus group informs key parts of the plan.

focus group at MCAD
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Sharing, learning and connecting

It was amazing to see the many different types of organizations in the room. We had nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid organizations. We had organizations with large budgets that employ many paid staff members, and we had volunteer-run organizations with small budgets. We had organizations that support artists and produce art of all types.

Sometimes focus groups are homogeneous, with representatives from only small businesses or large organizations. For our focus group, we decided to bring all sorts of organizations together to find similarities and start to understand how we can all work together to achieve the vision of the Creative City Road Map.

Focus group participants
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Priorities, priorities, priorities

After learning about the Road Map planning process to date, participants reflected on how the work of their organizations connects with the draft goals and objectives. Next, folks prioritized the top three objectives that connect most directly with their work.

We’re encouraged to see so much alignment between how the work group members and focus group participants prioritized the objectives. Objectives prioritized by both groups under each goal area were:

Goal 1Goal 2Goal 3

We also made note of which objectives very few organizations prioritized, for example “use the arts, culture and design, and work with artists to engage diverse communities more deeply in decision making” and “create the openings and spaces for artists of all kinds to have a voice in decision making connected to the arts.” If organizations don’t see these objectives as connecting with their missions, this indicates an opportunity for City Government to take note.

focus group participants 3
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Next up… we unveil the draft Road Map!

SAVE THE DATE: Sept 17, 4-6 p.m. for an Open House at Public Functionary. We’re excited to share the draft Road Map so you can weigh in and help us imagine the future creative Minneapolis! A 45-day public comment period on the draft plan will kick off at Public Functionary in an exhibition format. Join us! Take in music by local artists, mingle with the Artist Engagement Teams, talk to City staff, view the exhibition and learn about the vision(and data) behind the planning process, then give us feedback on key parts of the draft Road Map. Your comments will help inform the final Road Map document and guide Road Map implementation.

Coming up

September 17, Creative City Road Map Open House, 4-6 p.m., Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE

September 18, Coffee Talk with Gulgun Kayim, 9-10:30 a.m.,Café Southside, 3405 Chicago Ave. S.: Join Gulgun Kayim, Director of the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program, for her community office hours.

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