This plan was designed to celebrate the ongoing work of the Commission while recognizing opportunities for growth and improvement. The goals of the plan build and expand naturally from nearly 50 years of serving Oregonians though the arts. Each goal is approached in three different ways: 1. Sustain – continue the work already in progress by supporting and providing services to artists and arts organizations in the state. 2. Measure – evaluate progress, identify areas of improvement, define targets and collect information. 3. Respond – use the information collected to shift programming and resources where they can help move Oregon even closer to our goals. 3 PLANNING METHODOLOGY AND PROCESS The Arts Commission began the planning process in October of 2014, expressing clearly that this process would include input from the public and as many stakeholders as possible. In fall 2014 the staff and Arts Commissioners conducted 14 town meetings across Oregon. Over 500 people attended including elected officials, community leaders, staff from arts and cultural organizations, educators and members of the public. We used a participatory process that gathered information in an efficient way by having participants focus on the following question, “How can we (Arts Commission) find new ways to expand the resources available to artists and cultural institutions in Oregon?” Participants formed small working groups to develop topics responding to the questions, and then in plenary all of the topics were organized and discussed. Staff organized the topics from all of the town meetings and 13 theme areas emerged. The Arts Commission and staff then held planning retreats to review the town meeting documentation and to develop the framework of the plan into five major goal areas. A mission statement was also developed for the first time and the vision statement was refined. A planning ad hoc committee was formed that was comprised of commissioners and key staff. The ad hoc committee met several times to develop and refine the plan. Staff also worked with Richard Linzer, a planning and evaluation consultant. Mr. Linzer has developed numerous plans with arts organizations and state arts agencies. The full Arts Commission reviewed the draft plan at key meetings and approved the final version at its June 2015 meeting. The ongoing evaluation of our progress toward meeting the goals is vital to our success and an integral component of the plan. Annually in September, the staff and Commissioners will formally review and measure progress, adjusting as necessary in response to external factors. Regular monitoring will take place at Commission meetings during the year. The overarching theme of this plan is to sustain, measure and respond. We will sustain and measure our programs and services and their impact on organizations and citizens across the state. We are committed to responding to this information to increase participation in the arts.
Oregon Arts Commission Plan Booklet
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