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File #: 19-8415   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Planning and Community Development Committee
On agenda: 11/12/2019
Posting Language: Briefing and possible action on the Performing Arts Strategic Plan. [Lori Houston, Assistant City Manager; Debbie Racca-Sittre, Director, Department of Arts & Culture]
Attachments: 1. DRAFT_Perf Arts Strategic Plan 11 07 19
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DEPARTMENT: Department of Arts & Culture

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Debbie Racca-Sittre



Performing Arts Strategic Plan


Briefing and possible action regarding the Performing Arts Strategic Plan.


Since 2017, the Department of Arts & Culture has been developing components of its Cul-T?-Art Cultural Plan, a coordinated planning document to guide investments in the arts to provide equitable opportunities that encourage San Antonio's arts community, residents and visitors to thrive in a culturally inclusive environment. Though the Performing Arts community is a large piece of the San Antonio arts landscape, representing $924 million of the $4.8 billion total creative economy, the unfortunate and abrupt closures of several performing arts entities, confirmed the importance for the development of a strategic plan to sustain and grow the Performing Arts community. Therefore, the Department proposed development of a Performing Arts Strategic Plan as a department goal for FY2020 during the budget process.

However, as a result of the City's agreement with Ticketmaster approved September 26, 2019, the department has expedited the planning process to determine best use of the Arts & Entertainment Fund. The department is committed to identifying the overall needs of San Antonio Performing Arts and developing strategies to ensure the sustainability of these organizations.

In 2017, the department contracted with a national research company to distribute an arts and culture survey among three different segments: residents, visitors and art patrons. As a part of the Cul-T?-Art plan, the department planned to replicate the survey every 2 years. In fall of 2019, the department replicated the 2017 survey but added questions related to performing arts and venues in anticipation of the Performing Arts Strategic Plan. The survey, distributed between August 20 and September 16, 2019, used a repres...

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