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The DC Cultural Plan is intended to strengthen arts, humanities, culture and heritage in neighborhoods across the city by increasing cultural participation, supporting artists and talent development, stimulating cultural production and informing decision-making. The Plan will lay out a vision and recommendations on how the government and its partners can build upon, strengthen and invest in the people, places communities and ideas that define culture within the nation’s capital.

The District of Columbia in many ways enjoys a thriving cultural scene, with an array of nationally-known and local cultural venues and programs located in neighborhoods across the city.  These cultural offerings are showcasing the artistic talent in the District, enriching the quality of life enjoyed by residents and enlivening communities, as well as offering experiences in which visitors and residents can participate. The location and types of activities have changed over time, partly in response to changing demographics and consumer preferences; the perception of the District’s arts and cultural base as being clustered in institutional-like settings around the Mall has given way to a more varied canvas, with eclectic programs offered in an increasingly diverse set of neighborhoods.

Among these issues are: addressing rising real estate costs that affect artists’ abilities to find affordable space in the District; ensuring that all neighborhoods provide opportunities for cultural participation and enrichment; and better leveraging of public land and infrastructure. 

This effort was launched publicly in July 2016 and it is anticipated that the plan will be completed in the Spring of 2017. 

The DC Office of Planning (OP) is leading this effort in close collaboration with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Media and Entertainment (OCTMFE), two consulting firms -- HR&A Advisors and Building Community [bc] Workshop, and, most importantly, with you: community members, artists, cultural organizations, residents, and all others who have a stake in the future of DC's cultural landscape.

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