Overview

Timeline

March - May 2015

Planning and Preparation

What does it take to launch Boston’s cultural planning process? From creating a brand identity to reviewing applications for the Leadership Council and the Community Engagement Teams, the Planning and Preparation phase focused on creating a multi-disciplinary team and developing an adaptive research process for Boston to ensure planning efforts meet inclusion and engagement goals.

June -Sept. 2015

Community Conversations

We began with the Boston Creates Town Hall in June.  Now, our community teams are leading a city-wide, comprehensive grassroots research effort, reaching out to every community, engaging individuals in conversations, holding community meetings and attending local events.

Oct. - Nov. 2015

Making Sense of What We've Heard

This fall, our focus will shift to understanding what we heard. We’ll be analyzing data and looking for key themes. This is when we start to articulate Boston’s cultural priorities and potential policy recommendations.

Dec. 2015 - March 2016

Drafting The Cultural Plan

We’ll start to outline the vision, goals and priorities of Boston’s cultural plan. A successful plan needs to be actionable. In March, we'll hold a cultural summit. We will share the draft and ask for feedback. Based on what we hear, we’ll refine and rework the plan.

April - May 2016

Bringing the Findings to the Community

The final plan will be presented to the Leadership Council, the Steering Committee and the Mayor. They will assess the plan to ensure it accurately responds to the research outcomes and results – i.e. what we learned from you. A plan will also be developed for implementation.

June 2016

Plan Complete

The plan will be completed in June 2016 and presented to the community.

  • March - May 2015

    Planning and Preparation
  • June -Sept. 2015

    Community Conversations
  • Oct. - Nov. 2015

    Making Sense of What We've Heard
  • Dec. 2015 - March 2016

    Drafting The Cultural Plan
  • April - May 2016

    Bringing the Findings to the Community
  • June 2016

    Plan Complete

Goals

  1. Facilitate
  2. Facilitate Boston’s definition of its unique creative identity

  3. Develop
  4. Develop Boston’s shared vision for its creative future

  5. Engage
  6. Engage Boston's diverse populations

  7. Articulate
  8. Articulate the City’s role in arts and culture

  9. Identify
  10. Identify sustainable resources for the implementation of the plan

  11. Empower
  12. Empower tomorrow’s arts leaders

  13. Fun
  14. Have fun and express creativity

Learn More

Boston's cultural planning process will build off lessons learned from cities around the country, as well as research completed here in Boston. Learn more about these resources.