Invitation to Comment on the draft Rapid City Cultural Plan
DEADLINE: Saturday, December 12, 2015
We are excited to announce that Experience Rapid City: The Rapid City Cultural Plan is available for public review and comment.
You may view a summary below or contact Pepper Massey for the full version with more detail. The Plan has not yet been approved, and we welcome corrections of errors or suggestions for clarification.
We encourage your comments and invite you to join the conversation about arts and culture in our community and your vision for the future. Comments should be sent to Pepper Massey at email@example.com.
Comments received by December 12, 2015 will be considered before the Plan is presented to the Steering Committee for approval January 8. We especially encourage cultural and civic organizations to join the effort and agree to help implement the Plan’s goals.
The Plan reflects the opinions and advice of nearly 850 local citizens and community leaders. A 40-member Steering Committee of respected civic leaders has overseen planning since May 2015. Cultural planning has engaged community leaders from all sectors: business, K-12 and higher education, public safety, artists, creative workers, nonprofit cultural leaders, Native Americans, City staff and elected officials, service organization leaders, philanthropists, youth, and audience members. The draft Rapid City Cultural Plan synthesizes recommendations from six Task Forces, the Steering Committee, Rapid City Arts Council staff, and extensive community input, with advice from the planning consultant.
The Cultural Plan will give life to the aspirations of all groups and individuals throughout the city, confirming the vitality of our arts and culture community among all ethnicities and socio-economic levels, and complement Rapid City’s collective sense of civic purpose and pride. The Rapid City Arts Council will publish and present the final plan to elected City officials, and encourage and monitor implementation. Once adopted by the City of Rapid City, the Cultural Plan will become part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and a guide for future public policy, as well as for private initiatives and investments.
The Rapid City Cultural Plan is funded by the Rapid City Arts Council through an anonymous donation.
We’d like to thank community members who have participated in recent Rapid City Cultural Plan interviews and focus groups. We received terrific feedback to allow us to move forward.
If you were unable to participate, it’s not too late! We are still very interested in hearing from you!
RAPID CITY CULTURAL PLAN PUBLIC MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 ▪ 6-7:30pm | DAHL ARTS CENTER
All are welcome to hear an update on the progress on the Cultural Plan, why it is important to Rapid City and advise as we start to resolve six key cultural planning issues.
Education for Creativity
How can we ensure children and youth in Rapid City learn the skills of
creativity and innovation that they will need to thrive?
How can the Cultural Plan help strengthen Native American artists and cultural organizations, and enhance public understanding, appreciation, and respect for all cultures?
Cultural Tourism and Local Audience Development
What are the most effective strategies to make Rapid City’s arts, heritage and cultural
attractions visible and accessible to tourists and local audiences?
Nonprofit Organization Sustainability
What should be the priorities to ensure that Rapid City cultural organizations
are sustained with adequate funding and support?
Creative Economic Development
What are the best ways to enable Rapid City’s creative sector (creative businesses,
nonprofit cultural organizations, artists and other creative workers) to create even
more economic opportunities and jobs?
Cultural Sector Coordination
How can we best coordinate to implement the priorities of the Cultural Plan?
What functions are done by individual organizations and what is done collectively?
Share Your Ideas!
Join the conversation and share your ideas about arts and culture in our community and
your vision for the future. If you love Rapid City we want to hear from YOU!
Did you want to participate in a focus group but couldn't make it? We still want your
valuable input. Here are the seven community meeting questions for you to answer HERE. Please share with family, friends, coworkers etc.!
We are honored to have Craig Howe facilitate the next two community conversations we will be having at The Dahl Arts Center. Native American Artists will be coming together this evening at 5:30 pm to discuss arts and culture in Rapid City. Tomorrow evening at the same time, Native American adults will gather to weigh in on the same issues. We would love to have everyone come! Contact Mandy Hensinger at 605.394.4101 x233 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
If you are an educator, we want you to join us for a focus group on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 3:30-5:00 pm at The Journey Museum and Learning Center. Weigh in on issues related to arts and culture in Rapid City. Troy Kilpatrick will be facilitating the conversation
Calling all Seniors, Teens, and Artists! We are holding focus groups June 16 for these three specific sectors of the community.
Seniors are meeting at Westhills Village from 2:00-3:30 pm, where Justine Estes will be facilitating the conversation.
Teens are meeting the Rapid City Public Library from 4:00-5:00 pm, where Jim McShane will be facilitating. Root Beer Floats will be provided!
Artists will be meeting at The Dahl Arts Center from 5:30-7:00 pm. Eric Abrahamson will be leading this conversation.
Please join us for these groups if you are able! If not, please contact Mandy Hensinger to see about participating in future Community Conversations for the Cultural Plan!
Rapid City Cultural Plan
The Cultural Plan will give life to the aspirations of all groups and individuals throughout the city, confirming the vitality of our arts and culture community among all ethnicities and socio-economic levels, and complement Rapid City’s collective sense of civic purpose and pride.
Steering Committee Meetings
The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on Friday, January 8, 9am - 12pm at the Journey Museum.
Cultural Plan Contact
Rapid City Arts Council
1993 Cultural Plan