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Learn about our action plan and focus areas as we continue to inspire and strengthen the community though our work.

The Cultural Alliance’s mission is to be a Catalyst, fueling the creative energy and vibrancy of our community through Leadership, Collaboration, and Sustainability in order to enrich the quality of life of all of our citizens. To best fulfill that mission and serve the people of York County, we have developed the following initial focus areas based on our key findings and goals for our action plan:

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Create tiers of funding to support a wider variety of cultural organizations.

The Cultural Alliance will create levels of funding for arts and cultural organizations, broadening our support of the cultural sector and allowing organizations to choose the best tier that meets their needs.  We will align all of our funding programs and policies around our mission, vision and values, taking care to implement program changes thoughtfully and with a spirit of partnership and collaboration.

NEXT ACTIONS:

    • In the first half of 2019, the Cultural Alliance will begin working with current funded arts and culture organizations to determine funding guidelines, application development, and the allocations process to understand the impact that new funding models will have on our existing funded partners.
    • Throughout 2019, the Cultural Alliance will seek input from possible new cultural partners and residents and use that input to inform our work.
    • In 2020, a framework for transitioning to the new tiered funding model will be released to the public and additional funding tiers will open to arts-based organizations.

Provide dedicated funding and resources to working artists and creative people in York County.

The Cultural Alliance will dedicate funding for artists in York County, providing funding and resources dedicated to creative people and their work.  We will align all of our funding programs and policies around our mission, vision and values, taking care to implement program changes thoughtfully and with a spirit of partnership and collaboration.

NEXT ACTIONS:

    • In the first half of 2019, the Cultural Alliance will create artist funding and resource guidelines with an ideation group of local working artists, ensuring that we are addressing the financial and technical needs of our creative community.
    • Throughout 2019, the Cultural Alliance will develop a portfolio of funding & learning opportunities for artists based on our ideation findings, to help artists achieve their goals.
    • In 2020, a framework for our artist resources will be released to the public and will open to individual artists in York County.

 

Thank you to the Wells Fargo Community Leadership Investment Grant Program and to the York County Community Foundation for supporting this work.

Large Organizations

Large organizations differ from smaller organizations in what they value and in what they need. Large arts organizations value predictability & stability of Cultural Alliance funding. Small arts organizations value support/guidance and “seal of approval” that the Cultural Alliance offers.

Donors

Donors highly respect the Cultural Alliance and its role in efficiently raising funds for the arts community. Donors trust in the Cultural Alliance to ensure that our cultural partners and grant recipients use their unrestricted operating support to positively impact our community through a transparent, equitable grant-making process

Broadening

The Cultural Alliance should be broadening its operational support and including more organizations as partners that receive unrestricted operating dollars to support the overall sector. “A rising tide lifts all boats.”

Our Funding

The current way the Cultural Alliance funds are allocated to our arts partners is outdated. Anchoring operational allocations to original corporate support funds raised in 1999 isn’t keeping pace with the needs of our partners, and our funded arts partners can’t significantly impact allocations in our current process.

Programs

Current Cultural Alliance professional development and promotion programs for the arts community are not generating desired impact. Arts organizations and artists have very different needs, and one-size-fits all training programs, conferences, and promotional events are not addressing their needs in a meaningful way.

Play A Role

The Cultural Alliance should play a role in helping new and challenged arts organizations thrive. It strengthens the sector when organizations within it are strong. Struggling organizations should get resources to help turn them around, and budding organizations should have access to resources to help them grow and become sustainable.

Supporting

Supporting individual working artists “plant the seeds” to strengthen the arts sector in our community and could have significant economic development impact.