About the Cultural Plan

parking garage with art mural
Photo by Estlin Haiss 

About


The Durham Cultural Master Plan (PDF), approved by the City Council and Board of County Commissioners in 2004, outlined initiatives from 2004 to 2019 that reflected community priorities and provided a road-map to fulfill them. The full plan document outlined in-depth the multiple initiatives and strategies to achieve each goal. The Durham Cultural Advisory Board shared a presentation with City Council during a Work Session on October 21, 2021 regarding the Board’s request that the City and County jointly support the development of a new Durham Cultural Plan. To learn more about the Durham Cultural Advisory Board, visit: https://durhamnc.gov/452/Durham-Cultural-Advisory-Board. To view the presentation, visit: https://durham.granicus.com/player/clip/2760?meta_id=405122.
 

Goal 1: Organizations & Artists


Strengthen the organizational structure and build the capacity of Durham's existing cultural assets, including organizations, events, festivals, and artists.
 

Goal 2: Diversity


Use arts and culture as a way to increase understanding and communication among people of diverse backgrounds.
 

Goal 3: Economic Development


Use Durham's many arts and cultural assets as a key component of strategies to foster economic development throughout Durham County.
 

Goal 4: Education


Improve access to formal and informal arts and cultural education for people of all ages and in all walks of life.
 

Goal 5: Audiences


Build cultural audiences by increasing participation of existing audience members and bringing new attendees to activities.
 

Goal 6: Facilities


Strengthen and diversify Durham's mix of cultural facilities throughout the County.
 

Goal 7: Community-Wide Organizational Infrastructure


Sustain and strengthen existing community-wide organizations that support the arts and cultural sector.
 

Goal 8: Resources


Build a stronger resource base for arts and culture in Durham to ensure effective program delivery.