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Arts and Culture Master Plan

The Renton City Council adopted the Arts and Culture Master Plan in 2010.  The community developed strategies to ensure that arts & culture thrive in Renton. 

The City of Renton is leading an effort to create a five year Arts & Culture Master Plan with the community.  The Master Plan process will create actionable strategies that:

  • Serve and represent Renton’s diverse population
  • Leverage resources to implement plan goals
  • Support the growth and leadership efforts of community arts groups
  • Establish criteria and guidelines for the future placement of public art in both commercial districts and residential neighborhoods.
  • Partner with local organizations, including the Renton School District, to enhance arts education programs
  • Identify the optimal role of the Renton Municipal Arts Commission and other local arts and culture organizations
  • Support local emerging and establishedartists
  • Ensure arts and cultural facilities meet the current and future needs of the community 

“Nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economic driver in communities—a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.  Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity every year—$63.1 billion in spending by organizations and an additional $103.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences.”  Americans for the Arts - Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences

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Arts and Culture Master Plan

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“Art changes the way we see the world.  A good piece of art work - whether it's a painting hanging on a wall, or an enormous sculpture that transforms a public plaza - can excite, provoke, soothe, and inspire. Art gives our eyes and mind a chance to rest, to muse, to think. Looking at art, we reconnect with our inner spirit, a spirit that is rich in thoughts, feelings, and dreams, a spirit that can't be bankrupted, no matter what is happening in the financial markets.” – Mary Boone, The Huffington Post, “Why Art Matters”