The inclusive process will identify Rapid City’s cultural assets, interests, and needs and then respond with a broad-based Cultural Plan. The RCAC will administer planning, working closely with the Steering Committee of community leaders from Rapid City’s arts, heritage, philanthropy, business, education, tourism and economic development sectors.
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.
“An updated Cultural Plan will bridge the gap between our past efforts and our future needs in promoting the arts in Rapid City,” stated Pepper Massey, RCAC Executive Director. “The goals and objectives as determined in the city’s recently adopted Comprehensive Plan will provide the initial framework for continuing our advancement of a vibrant and inclusive cultural infrastructure. As in the past, a Cultural Plan guides this process and will lead to a further integration of the arts in our community.”
The RCAC, as noted in City Ordinance 2.80.010, was designated as the organization to assist the city in promoting and encouraging public programs to further the development and awareness of and interest in the arts and to act in advisory capacity to the city in connection with the artistic and cultural development of the Rapid City community; and to initiate, sponsor and conduct public programs to further the development and awareness of, and interest in, the arts. “It is fitting that the Rapid City Arts Council act on behalf of the city to facilitate a cultural plan for the City to encourage the broadest input possible from all stakeholders.” said Mayor Sam Kooiker.
The RCAC has selected Craig Dreeszen to facilitate work on the Cultural Plan. Dreeszen facilitated the 1993 Rapid City Cultural Plan, and has recently worked with the Sioux Falls Arts Council on their cultural plan and the South Dakota Arts Council on their strategic plan.
Co-chairs of the Steering Committee are: Karl Jegeris - Chief of Police, City of Rapid City; Dr. Heather Wilson - President, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; and
Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart - CEO, Painted Skye Management and Consulting, Inc.
The RCAC Executive Director, Pepper Massey, will identify and recruit various leaders for the Steering Committee and planning task forces; identify key constituents for interviews and focus groups; advise and support the Steering Committee and task force leaders who conduct interviews and focus groups to generate recommendations for the plan; and communicate to elected officials, key constituents, and news media. Massey will have assistance from Ruth Brennan, an arts professional and leader in Rapid City and South Dakota.
The RCAC 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.
It is estimated this process will take 9-12 months.