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Erie County Cultural Master Plan released

posted on: Friday, May 21, 2010

Key recommendations made for cultural development in Erie County


ERIE, PAArtsErie, The Nonprofit Partnership and participants in the CultureSpark planning process today announced the completion of the Erie County Cultural Master Plan. The announcement took place at Noon at the Mercantile Building, 1401 State Street, Erie, and included a special preview opportunity of the new Northwestern PA Artists Association (NPAA) exhibit "The Mercantile Show."

 

Speakers Mary Ellen Dahlkemper, CultureSpark steering committee chair and Stairways Behavioral Health chief administrative officer; Char Mashyna, ArtsErie executive director and CultureSpark facilitator; Tom Ferraro, CultureSpark working committee member and NPAA co-director; Bob Wooler, The Nonprofit Partnership director; and Barry Grossman, Erie County Executive, provided an overview of the planning process and the recommendations from the community, as well as a preview of implementation plans.

 

"We're already seeing the impact that the CultureSpark planning process and the Erie County Cultural Master Plan will have on our region — from new grant opportunities to new partnerships between community organizations and officials," said Char Mashyna, executive director of ArtsErie, one of the lead sponsors of CultureSpark.

 

The final 88-page report, prepared by consultant Bill Bulick of Creative Planning, Portland, Ore., who has been involved with cultural planning for over 20 years, contains 35 individual recommendations. The recommendations fall under six categories of critical issues chosen by the CultureSpark Steering Committee as offering the best opportunities for strategy development: Joint Marketing; Countywide Services; Cultural Education; Individual Artists and Creators; Community Development; and Resources and Information.

 

The 6-page Executive Summary highlights nine key recommendations that have the greatest potential impact on the 10-year CultureSpark vision for cultural development in Erie County and which are, in brief:

  1. Launch a joint marketing initiative.
  2. Create a Central Cultural Website.
  3. Countywide Cultural Development.
  4. Increase cultural education opportunities in K-12.
  5. Enhance professional development, marketing and support for individual artists and creators.
  6. Develop a Cultural Center, or centers.
  7. Increase private fundraising.
  8. Secure a sustainable government/public dedicated funding source.
  9. Develop new partnerships that improve and enhance the relationship among community leadership, governments, civic organizations, colleges/universities and arts, culture and heritage.

 

The final documents will serve as a ten-year plan for arts, culture and heritage in Erie County. An action team is forming to implement the cultural plan's recommendations. Erie County residents interested in participating in the implementation of the cultural plan should contact Char Mashyna at 814-452-3427 or char@artserie.org to learn more.

 

CultureSpark received funding from ArtsErie, The Erie Community Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Erie County, through a grant from the Unrestricted Gaming Revenue. The Erie Community Foundation has donated an additional $10,000 to ArtsErie to help with administration and implementation costs.

 

For additional information about CultureSpark and to review the executive summary and final plan in their entirety, visit www.CultureSparkErie.org.

 

About CultureSpark

CultureSpark is a year-long cultural planning process, implemented by ArtsErie and The Nonprofit Partnership, which is designed to identify the issues, strengths and challenges for cultural development throughout Erie County. Bill Bulick of Creative Planning, Portland, Ore. is facilitating the process, assisted by Surale Phillips of Decision Support Partners, Bozeman, Mont.


CultureSpark Invites Participation in Online Surveys

posted on: Friday, September 25, 2009

CultureSpark Invites Participation in Online Surveys

Responses will help shape cultural development in Erie County

ERIE, PACultureSpark, the Erie County Cultural Plan, has developed an initial set of priorities and ideas through a series of forums, leadership interviews and meetings with artists and organizations. Now, CultureSpark is reaching out to Erie County residents, artists, and organizations to gather their opinions, ideas and hopes by conducting three Web-based questionnaires.

The three surveys can be accessed on the CultureSpark home page by clicking this link www.culturesparkerie.org. Each survey is geared toward a specific audience: cultural organizations, artists/creators and the community at large. Each survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. All surveys must be completed by October 9, 2009.

The goal is have over 1,000 respondents from across the County. To encourage community participation, CultureSpark will hold a drawing for two $50 gas cards from all completed community surveys received by the deadline.

CultureSpark invites all members of the public to give their opinions by completing the online questionnaires. Responses to the surveys will shape cultural development in Erie County. The results will be posted on www.culturesparkerie.org, the initiative's Web site.

Anyone wishing to complete a hard copy of the survey can obtain one by contacting ArtsErie at 814-452-3427 or sending an email to info@culturesparkerie.org. For more information about CultureSpark, visit www.culturesparkerie.org.

About CultureSpark

CultureSpark is a year-long cultural planning process, implemented by ArtsErie and The Nonprofit Partnership, which is designed to identify the issues, strengths and challenges for cultural development throughout Erie County. Bill Bulick of Creative Planning, Portland, Ore. is facilitating the process, assisted by Surale Phillips of Decision Support Partners, Bozeman, Mont.

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CultureSpark Cultural Planning Process for Erie County Begins

posted on: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

June 24, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Allison Counasse, Program Associate, Marketing
(814) 452-3427 office • (814) 882-9058 mobile • allison@artserie.org

CultureSpark Cultural Planning Process for Erie County Begins

ArtsErie invites Artists and Cultural Organizations to participate in July open forums

ERIE, PA — ArtsErie is pleased to announce the implementation of CultureSpark, a year-long cultural planning process designed to identify the issues, strengths and challenges for cultural development throughout Erie County. CultureSpark will engage civic and cultural leaders and members of the community at large in dialog about the role, value and outcomes of cultural development.

Bill Bulick of Creative Planning, Portland, Ore. will facilitate the process. Bulick will conduct qualitative and quantitative research, facilitate community dialog and develop the Cultural Master Plan. Surale Phillips of Decision Support Partners, Bozeman, Mont. will assist. Phillips will be responsible for data analysis by using geodemography, which studies the demographic characteristics of individuals in a particular location.

The CultureSpark task force will host two open forums in July for artists and cultural organizers:

  • CultureSpark Artists’ Forum: Artists and creators of all kinds are invited to attend the CultureSpark Artists’ Forum on Wed., July 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Latino’s Restaurant (1313 Parade St., Erie). RSVP by calling ArtsErie at 452-3427 or emailing info@artserie.org by July 2nd.
  • CultureSpark Cultural Organizations Forum: Representatives of arts, culture and heritage organizations, cultural businesses (galleries, workshops, dance studios, etc.) and community-based organizations that provide cultural programming are invited to attend the CultureSpark Cultural Organizations Forum on Thurs., July 9, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Downey Hall, Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul (134 W. 7th St., Erie). RSVP by calling ArtsErie at 452-3427 or emailing info@artserie.org by July 6th.

CultureSpark will also provide opportunities for participation through other forums and task forces that will address the specific issues that are identified in these open meetings. In addition, a working committee and a steering committee are forming to help organize and work through the process of developing a creative vision for Erie County.

“Studies show that arts and culture are vital to stimulating economic development. We anticipate that CultureSpark will be a catalyst for the continued revitalization of Erie County,” says Charlotte P. Mashyna, ArtsErie Executive Director, who coordinates CultureSpark with Robert F. Wooler, Director of The Nonprofit Partnership.

The final CultureSpark plan will incorporate a vision for cultural development; goals with specific strategies, expected outcomes, proposed implementation responsibilities and timelines; and a process to review implementation progress. CultureSpark will also generate ideas for arts and cultural organizations to jump-start how to think about marketing, message, tactics and partnerships.

The planning process began in May 2009 and is expected to conclude in April 2010. Participation on a community-wide basis is encouraged. Contact Charlotte P. Mashyna, ArtsErie Executive Director, or Allison Counasse, ArtsErie Marketing Associate, at 814-452-3427 for more information.

About CultureSpark
CultureSpark is a year-long cultural planning process, implemented by ArtsErie, that is designed to identify the issues, strengths and challenges for cultural development throughout Erie County.

About ArtsErie
ArtsErie strives to nurture the arts and enrich the lives of the people of northwestern Pennsylvania through leadership, financial support, education and advocacy. Additional information about ArtsErie is available online at www.ArtsErie.org.

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