Friday, January 09, 2009


The discussion continues in response to my Comment-ary post below. Very interesting questions and very interesting answers. I plan on taking up the gauntlet in that discussion soon but, in the midst of it, I (like many of you) received the email copied below re: the Cultural Arts Task Force. What a great opportunity for people to participate in this process! Please attend one of the meetings.

And one other participation opportunity: Stage 1 is urging kids under 16 to write letters to God and send them to the theater. The kids more than likely won't find out without the parents so you parents out there, pass the word along. Just don't promise any answers...

Here's the email:

To: Community Arts and Cultural Supporters

Dear Friends,

I hope you will join us at one of the very important community meetings that will take place next week. The input we receive will directly help form a plan currently being developed to protect and encourage our amazing regional cultural organizations. And please feel free to forward this message to anyone who cares about Richmond's arts community.

Phil Whiteway
Task Force Member

The Task Force of the Richmond Region Cultural Action Plan is pleased to host a series of community meetings in January 2009 that will engage the region in helping to form a comprehensive plan for strengthening our local arts and cultural community. On January 12 and 13, meetings will be held in the City of Richmond and Counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico, and will include a presentation about the project by consultants WolfBrown, as well as hands-on opportunities for the pubic to get involved.

For more information on the Richmond Region Cultural Action Plan, please visit the Richmond Cultural Plan blog at:

Community Meetings About the Richmond Region Cultural Action Plan:

Monday, January 12, 2009
Hanover School Board
200 Berkley Street
Ashland, VA 23005

Monday, January 12, 2009
Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center
4901 Old Brook Rd
Richmond, VA 23227

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Cultural Center of India
6641 Ironbridge Parkway
Chester, Va. 23831

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
2880 Mountain Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

What is the big picture goal of the Cultural Action Plan?

The plan will look broadly at the importance of arts and culture in our region to create a collective and inclusive vision for the area’s cultural sector. It will identify strategies to increase participation, financial support, awareness and collaborative opportunities that will lay the foundation for a thriving cultural landscape. Richmond, Virginia follows other cities across the nation that have developed cultural plans that have successfully guided the promotion, planning, development, and funding of their community’s arts and cultural organizations.

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