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Tell Roswell what works, what doesn’t on cultural scene
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
April 23, 2014 12:29 PM | 1159 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Roswell is a city that takes its arts and culture scene very seriously.

That’s why city leaders say it’s important to know what citizens think of Roswell’s existing arts landscape and what new elements they would like to see implemented.

A consultant has been retained to craft a Cultural Master Plan with recommendations on how to enhance Roswell’s arts and culture over the next 15 to 30 years.

The plan will provide “a blueprint for how best to strategically allocate resources for the enhancement of Roswell’s cultural landscape,” said Morgan Timmis, Roswell’s historic and cultural affairs manager.

“It also provides a benchmark for what we have currently in terms of cultural assets such as programs, events and facilities, and an indication of what is needed going forward.”

Integral to the planning process is citizen input. For starters, residents have an opportunity to fill out a community survey on the subject. The survey can be accessed on line at www.roswellgov.com/index.aspx?NID=1856.

Additionally, the public in invited to a town hall meeting Thursday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at East Roswell Park Recreation Center. It will include an overview of the planning process and small group discussion of key issues.

Facilitators are also available to lead a community conversation for groups such as friends and family, neighbors, church and civic groups and book clubs.

 “Input from the community is paramount in order for the consultants to make recommendations which address the desires of the community at large,” Timmis said. “There may be factors which indicate whether or not a specific program is meeting current needs and demands.”

Roswell’s first cultural plan was completed in 2000 as a joint project of the city and the Fulton County Arts Council.

“It has served us very well in terms of initiating a local arts administration program and other arts and culture-related initiatives over the past 13-plus years,” Timmis said.

“But obviously, much has changed in Roswell since 2000, so it was time to conduct a new plan looking forward for the next 15 or more years.”

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