Community Engagement and Research Findings
The Boston Creates planning process had three goals. The first was to expand and deepen the public conversation—already underway when the Mayor launched the planning process in April 2015—about arts and culture in Boston. The second was to break down barriers, foster collaboration, empower artists and grassroots cultural leaders, and mobilize the cultural community for collective action. The process itself was designed to stimulate the kind of collaboration that will be needed to realize the vision articulated in the plan. The third goal was to create a strategic framework for strengthening the city’s arts and cultural life. This framework is intended to highlight needs, articulate opportunities, and identify ways of deploying both existing and new resources to make Boston’s arts and culture sector stronger, more sustainable, more diverse, and more widely accessible.
The cultural plan articulates a common vision for arts and culture and gives voice to Bostonians’ aspirations as well as presents ideas about how to realize them. The planning process was rooted in shared values:
- openness and transparency
- a steadfast commitment to learning