It is in the foundation of Creative Milieu's mission to facilitate growth in creative, knowledge-based occupations in science, technology, design, and entertainment. Our arts and cultural policy work is focused on building the creative economy through planning, advocacy, partnerships and policy.
- Planning: Developing a strategic plan for government entities to build and include arts and culture into the fabric of their citizenry and shape the physical, social and economic character of neighborhoods and communities they govern.
- Advocacy: Research, grassroots organizing, coalition-building, and government relations to build support for arts, culture and arts education.Further positioning arts and culture as essential to individual and public well-being and the economic development of every community, globally.
- Partnerships: Facilitating a global interaction among a network of arts and cultural organizations, artists, and arts supporters where news, information, best practices, and promotional opportunities are openly exchanged.
- Policy: Working hand in hand with both policy leaders and community stakeholders in developing a more creative ecology through crafting policy that yields the concerns of creative professionals within the following areas: zoning, fair wage and affordable housing.
One concrete way we infuse the arts and culture into a community is cultural planning, a community-wide process of creating a vision for cultural programming and development. Another way is to ensure the health and vitality of cultural facilities in communities. Often, the two go hand-in-hand.
The cultural planning process assesses the current community culture and creates an implementation plan to achieve a community’s vision. Cultural plans act as mirrors for a community—they are, ideally, a reflection of the community’s culture that they serve.
Many communities are engaged in cultural planning to help address the needs and opportunities of the community members by assessing and utilizing the cultural resources available. Some cultural planning may be narrowly focused on the needs of artists, arts organizations, and audiences; however, cultural planners are increasingly considering the role of culture in resolving broader community issues.
The most successful cultural plans address the needs and desires of the community throughout the planning process, from the initial stages to the implementation of cultural programming and development.