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Arts & Culture

artsThe arts, the participative sciences, the preservation/communication of Fort Collins’ history, working together represent a culture of clean industry that enriches the lives of our community’s citizens, visitors and serves as an economic engine that has the potential to make Fort Collins a world-class cultural destination.

The mission of the task group was:

The UniverCity Connections Arts and Culture Task Force exists to bring together the Fort Collins arts and culture community to work collectively on achieving our shared horizon goal:  to develop Fort Collins into a nationally recognized arts and culture center and destination

This task group involved the community’s arts and culture stakeholders to explore ways to collectively achieve significant and immediate progress towards the following goals:

  • To advocate for growing a healthy, high quality arts, culture, and creative industry in Fort Collins
  • To identify, strategize, and create the tools and resources needed for arts and culture in Fort Collins to thrive
  • To empower exceptional people and organizations to step forward and help themselves and the Fort Collins arts, culture, and creative community reach its potential

A list of some of the accomplishments contributed to by the work of UCC and this task group:

  • Convention and Visitor’s Bureau centralized calendar
  • Centralized marketing committee
  • Directory of artists on Arts Alive website (on Beet Street website)
  • Downtown Development Authority support of Lincoln Center rental/tech fees
  • Bas Bleu theatre space availability to general public
  • Shared warehouse for arts and culture groups to store backstage items and build sets
  • Downtown wayfinding
  • Completed first City Cultural Plan and Cultural Facilities Plan (adopted 2008)
  • Lincoln Center remodel
  • Fort Fund development of new funding tier to encourage innovation in cultural events
  • Beet Street re-tooling of strategic plan to better align with arts community needs and goals
  • Mission alignment between Cultural Plan, Beet Street, Cultural Resources Board, UCC Arts & Culture Task Force, and Arts and Culture focus area in City Plan
  • City Economic Health office creates Uniquely Fort Collins economic cluster including arts and culture
  • Cultural incubator – business classes for artists

Read the Arts & Culture Report on Accomplishments