Arts and culture have a strong presence in Healdsburg, play a significant role in community life, and are a valued component to both residents and visitors alone. Healdsburg if home to a wide range of art and cultural organizations, resources, venues, and activities that are a source of community pride and enrichment. While arts and culture are certainly present, there is a need to create a clear identity and understanding of the arts in the community to ensure relevancy, sustainability, and enhancement in the future.
The City is embarking on a community-based Arts and Culture Master Plan that will be a legacy project and meant to shape the future of the arts landscape within Healdsburg for years to come. City staff are working in partnership with a professional planning firm, The Cultural Planning Group (CPG), to lead the project and deliver positive outcomes.
Community Outreach and Participation
The process will be community-driven and lead to actionable results. CPG has placed a high priority on public engagement and creativity as they look to provide recommendations for future opportunities. It is expected that the results from this process will feed directly into future planning and development projects while influencing the current quality of life issues related to arts and culture.
The public outreach process will be extensive and gather broad, meaningful public input.
February 2020 Update
City staff, The Cultural Planning Group (CPG), and the community-based Creative Leadership Team (CLT) were geared up for a week of stakeholder discussions, site visits, and widespread community engagement the week of October 23 – 26. However, these efforts were derailed due to the impacts of the Kincade Fire. The planning process was placed on hold following the fires to allow the community to return to some sense normalcy and move through the holiday season.
The planning team came back together earlier this month to pick-up where they left-off last fall. On February 1, 16 members from the CLT took a guided field trip to San Francisco and San Jose to tour different models of performing arts spaces and learn more about long-standing and structured public art programs. On February 4-6, CPG and City staff wrapped-up their focus stakeholder discussions and took part in a long-range visioning activity with the CLT. The planning team is in the process of scheduling community-wide engagement activities, which will take place in March. Stay tuned for exact dates and details.
For more information on the planning process, contact Recreation Manager, Dave Jahns.