[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL - September 19, 11:41pm
Out with the old and in with the new. Wednesday night Tallahassee city leaders and members of the art community talked about the need for a new cultural plan for the city.
The current plan is almost a decade old. One goal included in that plan was to achieve sustainable funding to support cultural programs. This year, the Mary Brogan Museum was forced to close its doors due to lack of funding.
So the city commission and COCA, the Council on Culture and Arts, decided to create a 16 member panel of citizens to review the old plan and decide where to go from here.
"I think what's really needed is a perception change, this arts and cultural community is fabulous, yes we have lost some and those are going to be missed but there are also some 30 year old, 50 year old organizations still here," said Peggy Brady, the executive director of COCA.
"Having a strong and vibrant arts community from an economic standpoint is important because when businesses look to move here, they want to know, what can we do when we live in Tallahassee, what kind of educational opportunities are there for our kids," said Gil Ziffer, Tallahassee City Commissioner.
Commissioner Ziffer says recruiting people for that 16 member panel and reviewing potential changes and solutions could take about eight months.
To take a look at the old cultural plan go to this link:
LIVE: Tallahassee, FL - September 19, 2012 6:48pm
In just this past year the 'arts and culture' climate in Tallahassee took a hit with the closing of the Mary Brogan Museum.
The entire state of 'arts and culture' in Tallahassee was up for discussion at the the city commission meeting tonight.
Here's what they decided:
They, along with COCA, the Council on Culture and Arts, will put together a 16 person panel, made up of people from various groups in the community, to possibly make some changes with the arts and culture branch of Tallahassee.
Talk of needing a change in the cultural and arts atmosphere most recently came to light with the closing of the Mary Brogan museum earlier this year.
COCA and the city of Tallahassee, will then take a look at the cultural plan put in place almost a decade ago, figure out what worked and what didn't, and where to go from here.
Tallahassee, FL - September 19, 2012
City Commissioners are meeting to discuss the future of the city's arts and cultural programs.
Here's the issue- the city's cultural plan was put in place almost a decade ago.
Now, Commissioner Gil Ziffer is leading an effort to update Tallahassee's plan.
Commissioner Ziffer proposes the creation a 15-member Cultural Plan Review Committee to review the original plan and assess the current status of implementation of that plan.
He also proposes to determine what portions of the plan may need to be updated or omitted based on changes that have occurred and to provide recommendations to the Commission on modifications to the plan objectives.
Commissioners have the option to discuss the proposed cultural plan review process and consider approval for implementation for the 3rd quarter of 2012 or to not approve the proposed process and provide further direction to staff.
Front and center at tonight's meeting is COCA, the Council on Culture and Arts, who was originally tasked with implementing the city's cultural plan.