ENGAGE CNY Cultural Plan
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We are proud to present ENGAGE CNY, a regional cultural plan that will strive to reposition arts, culture, and heritage as catalysts for improving the vitality of this 5,500 square mile region, in the heart of New York State. Over the next 10 years ENGAGE will increase cultural and creative opportunities for its 1.01 million Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego county residents and thousands of visitors.
ENGAGE CNY, commissioned by CNY Arts and funded by a 2013 Regional Economic Development Council grant, is New York State’s first regional cultural plan and one of the few regional cultural plans in the nation. ENGAGE’s geographic reach was designed to align with our New York State Council on the Arts Decentralizaiton geographic reach.
The very process of creating this plan has already increased communication and cooperation across the region. Guided by 72 community leaders representing all six counties, an extensive eight-month campaign (July 2013 through February 2014) sought opinions and ideas through surveys, meetings, and focus groups. Community response exceeded expectations! In all, 8,806 Central New Yorker’s cared enough to offer their thinking and ideas. The extent of participation alone speaks volumes about the interest and desire to see that regional culture and creativity thrive. Plan implementation will continue to build momentum and attract resources to see that success is achieved.
In addition to regional collective wisdom, this plan has been informed by national best practices for placemaking and cultural development. ENGAGE also builds upon existing strategies and initiatives striving to make Central New York an attractive place to live, work, play, and visit.
Guided by this plan and in partnership with those who share a commitment to vitality of this region, CNY Arts will increase awareness of Central New York’s cultural and creative assets, increase cultural opportunity and participation, and do everything possible to fortify the region’s cultural assets.