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Strategic Framework Creative Impact: The Arts & the California Challenge
In February 2019, the California Arts Council adopted a new strategic framework to guide our work for the next seven years. The framework, titled Creative Impact: The Arts & the California Challenge, encompasses several aspects, including a new mission, vision, and values statements; a racial equity statement; a decision support tool; and a set of aspirations for potential future actions of the Council and agency.
The Arts Council has experienced tremendous growth during the last decade as we have worked to rebuild services to California communities after a 97% cut to our state budget in the early 2000s. Developed through a yearlong process led by consultant Dr. Tamu Nolfo, involving extensive research, public participation, and engagement, this framework reaffirms our role in strengthening the field of arts and culture and to champion the arts as essential, not optional, in addressing the challenges facing our communities today and in the future.
We are committed to developing an organizational culture that actively addresses barriers to equity and participation for all Californians, and celebrates the connections and intersections of all our communities.