City launches ‘Imagine2020’ cultural planning process
Mar 28 2013
Residents asked to help shape the future of Denver’s arts, culture and creativity
Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues have kicked off the city’s cultural planning process with the launch of “Imagine2020: Creating a future for Denver’s culture.”
As the plan is developed throughout the next several months, the city will be seeking input from residents on what they imagine Denver’s arts, cultural and creative scene to look like in the year 2020. A survey designed to collect public feedback and more information about the plan is available at ImagineDenver2020.org.
“Denver must have an ambitious plan to build on the city’s artistic and cultural assets and creative energy to compete on a global stage,” Mayor Hancock said. “Imagine 2020 is an opportunity for Denver to fuel our economic engine through supporting our creative enterprises, exposing our children to better arts education, and continuing to bring vibrancy and a sense of community to our neighborhoods.”
The city has not published a cultural plan since 1989, which resulted in increased financial, policy and program support for arts. Imagine 2020 seeks to connect the city’s vast network of cultural assets and support systems to foster continued growth, development and education of the arts.
“Arts and culture have the ability to unite a great city,” said Kent Rice, Executive Director of Denver Arts & Venues. “By supporting the arts, we increase Denver’s quality of life and boost its economy. Imagine 2020 will provide a strategic vision and roadmap for us to grow the business of arts, culture and creativity.”
The cultural plan’s development is funded by Arts & Venues with support from the Office of Economic Development and the Mayor’s Office. The city has retained Corona Insights, a Denver-based consulting firm that specializes in research, analytics and strategy, to facilitate the process. Corona is gathering information to inform and serve as the foundation for the cultural plan. In addition to the public survey, Corona is gathering input from a 120-member stakeholder leadership group and from the broader artistic, cultural and creative sectors through a variety of events during the process.
Arts & Venues will also be soliciting input from residents through the public survey, community meetings and cultural events like First Friday art walks and museum free days sponsored by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. A full list of meeting and events and more information is available at ImagineDenver2020.org. Survey takers can opt in to a raffle drawing for tickets to shows at Red Rocks and the Denver Performing Arts Complex and other prizes.