This morning outside the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region unveiled its comprehensive Cultural Plan for the Pikes Peak Region.
The 10-year plan is based on five goals to promote and unify local arts and culture: increasing engagement in, access to and participation in the arts; integrating art into the social, economic and political fabric of the city; implementing new curricula for arts education, at all levels; providing new resources for private financial support for arts organizations; and sustaining the work of creative individuals and organizations.
The plan also calls for working within neighborhoods through block parties, coffee shop poetry readings and public art, as well as larger hopes for new performing arts venues, including an outdoor amphitheater.
As far as implementation, the plan outlines a timeline in which task forces will be formed, and volunteers recruited, by the end of the year. 2011 will bring an ongoing schedule of progress reports, meetings with civic groups and other steps.
The arts produces $100 million annually for the region, the plan states. Thomas Wilson, Colorado Springs Philharmonic conductor, spoke today, saying, "The arts can play a key role in pulling us out of this economic recession."
There's much ground to be covered for this ambitious plan to prove itself, but with several years of research behind it, expectations are high. You can view the plan online at coppercolo.org/culturalplan.