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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.