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In March of 2014, Culture Works contracted WolfBrown to provide the services of Marc Goldring, Associate Principal, to oversee aspects of developing a 10-year cultural plan for the Dayton Region. The planning team also included Dr. Richard Stock, Director, Business Research Group of the University of Dayton and Jane Dockery, APRI's Associate Director. This project grew out of earlier regional research, beginning in 2011, funded in part by the Dayton Foundation that included comprehensive market research about cultural attendance and a study of economic activity generated by the nonprofit cultural sector.

Where the practices of creativity help our young people learn and think more creatively and cultural assets help sell our region to talented STEM professionals and executives. Our region can be a community where we learn that creative methods are as potent as the scientific method. This Regional Cultural Plan can make it happen. Our plan focuses on using arts and cultural assets to further economic development, education, and regional diversity. The cultural raw material is already in place. What we need, and what the plan offers, is a roadmap to connect the dots.

We propose exciting new ways to support cultural organizations and creative entrepreneurs, new approaches to funding and to the organizations that will facilitate the implementation of this plan over the next ten to fifteen years. This plan is the result of input from many individuals concerned about the future of arts and culture in the Dayton Region. The plan’s Steering Committee has been especially helpful in responding to the findings of the planning team and refining and shaping this document.

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Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Urban Studies and Planning

Culture Connects 20/20: A Cultural Plan for the Dayton, Ohio Region