I was part of a public forum hosted at MoLAA by Create Long Beach and the Arts Council for Long Beach. The goal was to share findings from community input regarding the arts and culture in the city over the next 20 years.
Create Long Beach has been conducting a community cultural planning process to identify the city's creative assets and generate ideas to invigorate our culture of creativity.
This process has identified six emerging themes:
1. Improving communication and collaboration within the cultural/creative sector and between the cultural/creative sector and the community.
2. Building on Long Beach's diversity to strengthen cultural and creative participation throughout the city and in its neighborhoods.
3. Emphasizing a range of creative learning opportunities for residents of all ages to support a city-wide culture of creativity.
4. Fostering a sustainable ecology of creative individuals and collaborative, innovative cultural organizations of all sizes, ages, disciplines and locations.
5. Encouraging more effective use of cultural assets including venues, districts, organizations, and programs in support of economic development.
6. Strengthening inclusive cultural leadership to identify, advocate for, and obtain the necessary financial and human resources.
It'll be interesting to see what kind of follow up takes place after this forum.