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“A New Course For Inspiration ”. A Strategic plan For The Arts Council of Erie ~ The Source for Inspiration ~. July 2006. A sincere Thanks to. Erie Arts Endowment. Andrea Kaiser of Cultural Consulting Services Wellesley, MA. Bob & Diane Banks For their hospitality.

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“A New Course For Inspiration ”

A Strategic plan For

The Arts Council of Erie

~The Source for Inspiration~

July 2006


A sincere Thanks to

Erie Arts Endowment

Andrea Kaiser of

Cultural Consulting Services

Wellesley, MA

Bob & Diane Banks

For their hospitality


And also TO…

  • Arts Council Board of Trustees

  • Steering Committee Members

  • Task Force Members

  • Key Interviews

  • Round Table Participants

  • Focus Group Participants


Goal of the Planning Process

  • To develop a practical and achievable three-year strategic plan which will insure that the ongoing mission and direction of the Arts Council meet the needs of the community and the arts organizations it serves.


Process Review…

  • Board Retreat

  • Development of New Vision and Mission Statements

  • Task Forces Established

  • Interviews with Key Community Leaders

  • Round Table Discussions

    • Educators

    • Funders

    • Arts Organizations

    • United Arts Fund Grantees (Directors & Board Chairs)


Process Review Continued…

  • Focus Groups

    • Senior Citizens

    • College/Young Professionals

    • High School

    • Social Services

    • Religious

    • Parks & Environmental

    • Artists & Arts Faculty

    • Restaurants & Entertainment

    • Business and Professional

    • Arts Related Businesses

    • Organizations Serving Youth


Governance: To strengthen the infrastructure of the Arts Council of Erie through a well-defined plan for governance.

  • Determine the future structure and function of the Board.

  • Strengthen board and committees

  • Provide ongoing sound financial oversight

  • Insure Arts Council has continuity and leadership


Programs and Services: To provide programs and services which enrich the cultural lives of artists, arts organizations, and the citizens.

  • Provide leadership for the arts and the arts community.

  • Provide programs that effectively benefit the Erie community.

  • Provide direct services that effectively benefit the Erie community.


Membership: To provide opportunities for access, information, networking and other services to those engaged in community arts activity.

  • Expand direct community involvement with the

    Arts Council of Erie.

  • Increase Arts Council’s impact on community


Resource Development: To increase the resources available to the Arts Council of Erie so that it can achieve its mission of leadership, financial support, education and advocacy for the arts.

  • Provide additional unearned revenue to meet the growing budgetary needs of the Arts Council.

  • Increased earned income of the Arts Council.

  • Increase use of in-kind goods/services to support the Arts Council.


Marketing: To put the Arts Council of Erie on the map as a “hub” for arts and cultural leadership, information, programming and advocacy.

  • Clarify or reposition the identity of the Arts Council of Erie

  • Develop a marketing plan


Next Step

  • Share the plan with the community

  • Utilize information gathered to implement the plan

  • Keep the community informed of our progress


Arts Council Contacts & Contact Information

  • Karen L. Imig, Board Chair

  • Peter Kalivoda, Board Vice Chair

  • Mark Murphy, Treasurer

  • Paula Barrett, Secretary

  • Charlotte Mashyna, Executive Director

  • 3 E. 4th Street, Suite 10, Erie, PA 16507-1426

  • 814-452-3427 phone, 814-452-3128 fax

  • Info@artscounciloferie.org

  • www.artscounciloferie.org


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