Belfast Creative Coalition Annual Meeting – Cultural Plan Input

At the 2016 Belfast Creative Coalition Annual Meeting, BCC board member Martha Piscuskas facilitated a community input session on what the community would like to see in a cultural plan for our area. To learn more about what a cultural plan is, check out the Maine Arts Commission’s presentation on that topic from the Annual […]

At the 2016 Belfast Creative Coalition Annual Meeting, BCC board member Martha Piscuskas facilitated a community input session on what the community would like to see in a cultural plan for our area. To learn more about what a cultural plan is, check out the Maine Arts Commission’s presentation on that topic from the Annual Meeting HERE. Below are the notes taken on the response of the Belfast and Waldo County area’s community and cultural leaders, creatives, and community members who were present at the meeting. These notes represent the various opinions and ideas on how to move forward with Waldo County’s cultural development.

  • Yes! We want to participate – we’re ready to move forward
  • Performance space – PRIORITY
  • The quantitative information is important so people who are not part of the creative community can understand why it’s so important to support it
  • The fact that BCC exists is substantial amount of groundwork – speaks to our ability to do a cultural plan.
  • Priority – effective communication infrastructure, how will people find out about it? How will we share information?
  • You really need an outside non-artistic leader who is actively engaged with the arts, someone who already “gets” it to help steer the ship. Someone to impose structure and deadlines to keep everyone focused. No repetitive work being done.
  • Be careful of redundancy – don’t re-do what has been done. We have a strong platform that we should add to.
  • More focus to bring in non-creative business support to bring in more funding – sponsorships
  • Create partnership with educational community, work with local schools
  • Arts programming for schools/youth (budgets are cut), get the artists into the schools, PRIORITY
  • Creative community really affects quality of life – you start with children
  • Want to see library be a very relevant part of this – the library is very involved in the arts. Bring arts to the library – programs have been well-attended
  • What do you see is the difference between what BCC has already done and the 5-year cultural plan?
  • This is a community cultural plan – not the BCC cultural plan, though they are a facilitator. There will be a lot of partners involved (library, city government, Waterfall Arts). BELFAST’S PLAN – but a priority from the cultural plan could be to increase the capacity of BCC
  • Partnership between arts and healthcare – center for expressive therapy
  • Is this for Belfast as a town (with borders) or is it the Belfast-area? That’s up to you. It is better to do creative economy planning as a region
  • Promote the diversity in Waldo county – there is a gentrified component of time and it’s the same people over and over again at events. The more people we can bring in, the better
  • Quantify artist contribution
  • Would love a way for organizations who engage artists to actually pay and support artists. Are there funds or something they can tap into?
  • Music production – it’s so hard to put on live music and pay the musician what they should be getting but also get an audience through the door. Making these numbers work is so difficult. Venues have to cut price, musicians have to donate a time. Would like subsidies for this.

If you have input on this list or have ideas of your own, email us at info@belfastcreativecoalition.org!

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