Carson City Arts and Culture Master Plan revised in joint meeting

The revised Arts and Culture Master Plan includes a new action item for the CTA and CCCC to designate an official “arts district” or “cultural corridor” within the downtown area. Above, a mural on the Visit Carson City building by artist Abner Rivera, dedicated in July. (Photo: Faith Evans/Nevada Appeal, file)

The revised Arts and Culture Master Plan includes a new action item for the CTA and CCCC to designate an official “arts district” or “cultural corridor” within the downtown area. Above, a mural on the Visit Carson City building by artist Abner Rivera, dedicated in July. (Photo: Faith Evans/Nevada Appeal, file)

The Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority and the Cultural Commission met on Monday to discuss changes to their Arts and Culture Master Plan, last revised in 2016.
One of the largest edits is their new “Implementation Table,” which allows the CTA and CCCC to assign leadership roles to their goals and track their progress.
In coming years, both groups are hoping to foster more experiential tourism, carve out more grant funding for arts and culture, and keep facilities up to date, among their high-priority action items.
Debra Soule, CTA arts and culture program manager, also highlighted results from a survey that involved local lodging properties, cultural organizations, and the community. A majority of all three groups agreed that some of their top action items include promoting arts districts downtown, collaborating on festivals, creating a cultural attractions map, and establishing an annual report on the Arts and Culture Master Plan.
Survey respondents also agreed that the CTA and CCCC need a steady source of funding, a grants program, and more opportunities to showcase ethnic and cultural heritage in Carson City.
“The review process is in no way intended to be a criticism of the 2016 plan,” Soule said during the meeting. “Every strategic plan is undertaken in its own circumstances and with its own timeframe, constraints, and expectations.”
The recent revisions are partially a matter of timeliness. The Board of Supervisors approved a Five-Year Strategic Plan this summer that references the Arts and Culture Master Plan, so it behooves the CTA and CCCC to update their goals and action items.
The two panels approved the revised plan unanimously and will take further steps to assign specific leadership roles to each of their action items. The plan will also go before the Board of Supervisors for final approval in a future meeting.

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