The City of Tucson and Pima County, Nature Arts Culture Heritage Organizations, over 500 non-profit arts and cultural organizations, artists, and public participants made their case in the Pima Cultural Plan.
The planning process began in November 2006, led by Bill Bulick of Creative Planning Inc. The study focused on the following topic areas:
These topic areas represent the over-arching priorities identified in the cultural planning process. Each topic is broken up into a series of detailed recommendations which act as a suggested master plan for the cultural development of Tucson and Pima County. The Plan also identifies our diverse cultural landscape and sets goals for recognizing and building upon Tucson and Pima County’s natural resources and social and cultural equity. The Pima Cultural Plan’s community-based content, along with Mt. Auburn Associates and Americans for the Arts “Arts and Economic Prosperity Report” produced evidence of the economic impact of the art and culture to the city and county.
The Pima Cultural Plan inspires action in the community. The following examples reflect the effect of a successful cultural planning process and further reinforce the Tucson Pima Arts Council’s commitment to the Pima Cultural Plan as a living iterative document.
Capacity Building and Business Development
The Nature, Art, Culture, Heritage, Organizations (N.A.C.H.O.s) are committed to the Pima Cultural Plan and its implementation strategies. The alliance illustrates the type of leadership and stewardship the plan has resulted as members of the arts, business, and civic sectors leverage the Pima Cultural Plan in the community.
“There is a tremendous opportunity to unite the community behind recognizing, preserving and building upon Pima County’s unique mix of cultural assets, as intrinsic to stewardship of place. Renewed and more vigorous leadership and investment can make the crucial difference in maximizing the potential for positive impact, resounding to future generations. The Plan recommends strengthening the Tucson Pima Arts Council as a cultural leader for the region, but its most important role with respect to the Plan will be as a catalyst and convener of multiple implementers.”
– Bill Bulick, Facilitator for the Pima Cultural Plan