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City Council Discusses Cultural Arts Master Plan
Posted Date: 4/16/2013 4:45 PM

The City Council and Richardson Arts Commission held a joint meeting Monday to review and discuss the final report of the Cultural Arts Master Plan. The document, which was created with the help of a consultant from Lord Cultural Resources, is designed to serve as a guide to help strengthen the arts community in Richardson by building synergies among the various performance arts groups and enhancing existing arts facilities in the area.

The master plan lists six priorities:

  • Attract new generations to ensure long-term excitement, dynamism and vitality of Richardson’s cultural arts sector.
  • Apply Richardson’s focus on innovation to cultural arts
  • Promote Richardson through citywide cultural arts offerings
  • Focus on strength in numbers through cultural clusters
  • Plan an effective cultural tourism strategy
  • Maximize the impact of the arts commission 

The plan identifies 17 recommendations and 86 suggested strategies within the six priorities. Members of the arts commission will schedule a workshop and hold individual meetings with City staff members to help implement the priorities and develop funding strategies.

The arts commission is beginning to implement the plan by revising the criteria for its arts grants to reflect priorities identified in the master plan. It is also hoping to develop an online arts calendar in partnership with local arts organizations and is planning a joint meeting with the Parks and Recreation Commission to discuss ideas on how the two organizations can collaborate.

Other arts commission initiatives include the creation of a Public Art Master Plan and the development of short-term and long-term funding strategies for recommendations identified in the Cultural Arts Master Plan.

Read the Cultural Arts Master Plan online and watch the work session presentation at