In 2013, the Comprehensive Plan tasked the City with the creation of a Cultural Arts Master Plan (CAMP). A CAMP Committee was formed from members of the Louisville Cultural Council and staff to solicit public opinion, research best practices, and create a document outlining recommendations to City Council. Public input was solicited through a series of public meetings in 2015 in addition to surveys of residents and a separate survey of artists and arts organizations. After compiling feedback from the community, the LCC and staff identified four main areas of interest: Facilities, Marketing, Public Art, and Professional Development Needs.
Focusing on these areas of interest, the LCC and staff developed the CAMP to provide background on the City’s involvement with arts and culture and to outline a vision for promoting public and private advancement of arts and culture to meet the needs of the community identified during the public input process. The CAMP includes five main goals and strategies for integrating the arts, culture and humanities with community design, economic development, education and other development initiatives to strengthen the quality of life and small town character of Louisville. The five main goals are:
- Expand visual arts, performing arts, cultural history, natural history and natural sciences
- Provide diverse and engaging cultural activities in the City
- Foster Louisville’s creative industries
- Strengthen the quality of life and small town character of Louisville
- Enhance Louisville’s Identity as a vibrant cultural destination
To help accomplish these goals, the Cultural Arts Master Plan outlines specific strategies and action items. It also includes a matrix that prioritizes action items and identifies potential partners in the community. This provides a clear path for implementing the Cultural Arts Master Plan over time.
The Cultural Arts Master Plan was unanimously approved by Louisville City Council on April 18, 2017.
For more information, please contact Katie Zoss (303.335.4581).
Cultural Arts Master Plan Schedule
Late 2014 - March 2015: Research, data gathering
March - August 2015: Draft Cultural Arts Master Plan under Review; Analyze Fiscal Impact
August - December 2015: Create Goals and Refine Strategies
November 2016: City Council Study Session
April 2017: City Council Review and Approval of Plan