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Cultural Plan

 

Fortifying Maine’s Creativity & Culture

Five-Year Cultural Plan: 2015-2020

Together with 113 leaders who served on our Steering Committee, we are proud to present our Five-Year Cultural Plan to Fortify Maine’s Creativity & Culture, one that will continually strengthen culture and creativity’s impact on our state’s livability and prosperity. At this plan’s core is seeing that Maine’s dynamic, creative opportunities are available to all residents and the nearly 20 million tourists who visit us each year. 

 

Please see a summary outline of the plan priorities below

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PLAN PRIORITY

OBJECTIVES

Priority 1.

LEVERAGE INVESTMENT TO STRENGTHEN AND BETTER CAPITALIZE THE ARTS, CREATIVE, AND CULTURAL SECTOR

  • Pursue fund development strategies difficult for artists and organizations to pursue on their own.
  • Continue professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers.
  • Continue to promote community development through the arts, creativity and culture.

Priority 2.

INCREASE AWARENESS

  • Create Maine Arts brand awareness.
  • Encourage research and widely disseminate findings to increase the understanding of arts, creative, and cultural sector impacts and value.
  • Increase arts, creative, and cultural sector recognition and celebrate success.
  • Use Maine’s Bicentennial in 2020 as a marker in time when arts, creative, and cultural sector awareness will be greater than ever before.

Priority 3.

FOSTER ARTS EDUCATION AND LIFELONG LEARNING

  • Strengthen PK-12 arts education for all students.
  • Support collaboration between PK-12 arts education and community cultural organizations.
  • Grow and expand Maine Arts Commission’s PK-12 Arts Education efforts.
  • Continue working with the Department of Education to strengthen PK-12 arts education.
  • Collaborate with higher education institutions.
  • Fortify Maine Arts Commission’s lifelong learning efforts.

Priority 4.

BUILD ARTS & TOURISM SYNERGY

  • Build a stronger bridge with the Office of Tourism and the Maine Tourism Association.
  • Help strengthen cultural sector capacity to better utilize technology for marketing and PR.
  • Create and disseminate cultural tourism best practices and guidelines.

Priority 5.

STRENGTHEN COMMISSION CAPACITY & STEWARDSHIP

  • Ensure the Maine Arts Commission’s capacity remains commensurate with planned growth.
  • Explore the feasibility of a 501(c)(3) arm and the proposed name, ArtsEngageME.
  • Build a statewide cultural sector network.
  • Keep this Cultural Plan current.
 

 Inquiries should be directed to Julie Richard, Executive Director

 julie.richard@maine.gov or 207-287-2710