(Arvada, CO) - At its June 4 meeting, the Arvada City Council unanimously approved the inaugural Arvada Cultural Master Plan, setting a vision and charting a course for future, long-term investments in arts and culture.
In 2016, the City Council appointed members to the newly established Arvada Arts and Culture Commission (AACC). The immediate focus of the AACC was to create a Cultural Master Plan to broaden arts and culture beyond the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and out to the larger community.
The AACC hired consultant 23.4 Degrees, a business that specializes in engaging communities in art and culture planning, to lead the effort in drafting the Cultural Master Plan. Through the work of the AACC and a stakeholder committee representing many community organizations, as well as the input of hundreds of residents, a Master Plan took shape, driven by the vision statement: Arvada, Where Arts and Culture Live.
The Mission of the Plan states, "The future we intend to create will not materialize without hard work. Realizing the vision will take thousands of individual actions and the resources and dedication of community leaders. The City itself can set the stage and lay the groundwork. Arvada can create opportunities for artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions to thrive.
"There are four things that the City of Arvada can, and must, do to move the City in the direction of our vision. They are: