Cultural Engagementmany voices and stories
Giving Community Voice
Cultural engagement is more than measuring a community’s civic participation. It is a creative engagement process that allows dialogue around creative experiences, community values, and cultural diversity. The process allows an exploration of barriers, strategies and outcomes related to these issues. The creative arts allow diverse citizens to engage in the process of developing a shared sense of community and community voice.
Over coming weeks and months, multiple opportunities for dialogues, activities and data gathering will be conducted by the Council for the Arts as part of an initiative to increase cultural engagement and in preparation for public art planning.
Measuring cultural participation and demographic representation is part of the process. Cultural engagement requires broad community involvement in dialogues.
An important part of the process will be collecting and sharing local stories, historical moments and figures who have helped to shape our collective community.
Interaction with the Arts
It’s important that we capture and preserve local traditions, beliefs, and values. They are part of individual heritage and collective community fiber.
Motivations & Barriers
What motivates individuals to engage in our community, particularly through various forms of art? What barriers prevent engagement? How can these obstacles be overcome?
As residents come together and participate in activities, dialogue and story-telling, a community narrative can be created together.