Why does Akron need a Cultural Plan? What will the Cultural Plan do?

We know that diverse opportunities to experience arts, culture, and the environment are key to creating a vibrant and prosperous community. For the first time in its history, Akron will be engaging in a city-wide cultural planning process to ensure arts and culture in the community is living up to its full potential. This process will be exceptionally collaborative, will evaluate existing resources, and examine the needs and desires of residents from across Akron’s 24 neighborhoods.

The Akron Cultural Plan will provide well-defined next steps and processes designed to promote an equitable, world-class cultural environment, advance cultural diversity, increase opportunities to create culture, and provide vibrant experiences for all residents and visitors.

Who is paying for the cultural plan?

Two of Akron’s key grantmakers, GAR Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, came together to fully fund this work. In addition to the foresight of our gracious funders, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and his administration have offered their support to the planning process as well, though no public money is funding the project.

Who is in charge of the plan?

YOU.  There will be many opportunities throughout the summer for you to share your vision for the future of arts and culture in Akron.

Check back on the events page to make sure you know what events are coming up. In addition, you can take the survey, and contribute to our cultural ecosystem map to help the team understand where culture is already being created and enjoyed, and where there is a desire to see more culture created.

Most importantly, your voice is critical to this work. As we work together to develop Akron's first cultural plan, we are so grateful for perspectives from all of our residents. We literally couldn’t do this work without our community. The more voices we have, the stronger our collective roadmap to the future will be.

What does this mean to me as an artist?

As creators of culture, your voice is so important to this process. The outcomes of this plan come directly from those who participate in the process, so you can shape the outcomes in a real way. If you have ideas about how the City of Akron can support the creative community, this is the time to share them!