Updated 6/16/2020:

We heard a wide and deep range of insightful feedback from over 540 participants in 39 unique stakeholder listening sessions. Based on the depth & breadth of this community feedback, the Cultural Funding Review Process will be extended through February 2021.

More updates will be shared as this process continues.

Community engagement events held in early 2020:

  • Community Conversation & Workshop #1 | Normalizing Equity, Shaping a Vision: Saturday | January 25 | 10:30am -1:00pm at Millenium Youth Entertainment Complex
  • Community Conversation & Workshop #2 | Organizing Equity, Shaping the Mission: Saturday | February 29 | 10:30am -12:30pm @ Location TBD  
  • EVENT CANCELLED - Community Conversation & Workshop #3 | Operationalizing Equity, Sharing Strategies: Saturday | March 28 | 10am -12:30pm @South Austin Recreation Center

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Process Overview and Timeline (subject to change)

The Cultural Funding Review Process will extend through Feb 2021 and will consist of the following key phases:

JUNE 2019 - JULY 2019

Goal:

Hold listening sessions to hear the views and values of the community through conversations with individuals and small and large groups.

Events:

  • Town Hall Kick Off Event | July 10
  • One-on-Ones | July 11 - 12
  • Listening Sessions | July 13 - Aug. 27
  • Virtual Comment Box

Outcomes

•175 Town Hall Event Participants (7/10/2019)

•540 participants in 39 unique stakeholder listening sessions 

•Total of 1160 Unduplicated Hours of stakeholder engagement

SEPTEMBER 2019 - OCTOBER 2019

Goal:

Conclude Listening Sessions, Start Feedback Analysis-continue conversations with the community and begin to analyze feedback from those conversations to organize into more specific themes and directions to discuss further.

Outcomes

10/ 21st : Regular Arts Commission meeting: Present summary of community feedback from Listening phase  (prepared by MJR consultants) to the Arts Commission.

NOVEMBER 2019 - MARCH 2020

Goal:

Facilitate conversations with community around themes and directions emerging from community feedback of previous phases to refine the Guiding Vision & Values of the cultural funding model

January 2020

•13 – Special called Arts Commission & AIPP panel meeting with MJR Consultants - to share racial equity framework & community feedback and strategic themes emerging from previous phases of community engagement.

•25 – Community Workshop #1 Normalizing Equity, Shaping a Vision introduce racial equity framework, share community feedback and strategic themes emerging from previous phases of community engagement and discuss guiding vision & values

•27 – Regular Arts Commission Meeting – agenda item to discuss guiding vision & values of cultural funding model

Backup (presentation) materials used for above meetings and audio recordings availalable at this page http://austintexas.gov/cityclerk/boards_commissions/meetings/5_1.htm,

February- March 2020

•2/24 – Regular Arts Commission Meeting – agenda item to review & refine guiding vision & values of cultural funding model

•2/29 – Community Workshop #2 Organizing Equity, Shaping the Mission presenting case studies of cultural equity in peer cities + activity to refine guiding vision & values of cultural funding model

•3/16 – Regular Arts Commission Meeting – agenda item to finalize guiding vision & values of cultural funding model, including definitions of diversity and inclusion

•3/28 – Community Workshop #3 Operationalizing Equity, Sharing Strategies  

APRIL  2020 - OCTOBER 2020 

Goal:

Draft and vet recommendations for cultural funding program model changes with community, CAD staff and other City of Austin internal departments, city council offices, quality of life commissions and the Arts Commission.

April – July 2020

•Staff develops draft program updates

•Community Workshops to refine program updates

August – October 2020

•Staff finalize draft program updates

•Additional community feedback workshops as needed

NOVEMBER 2020 - FEBRUARY 2021 

NOVEMBER 2020 - FEBRUARY 2021 

Goal:

Community Feedback and dialogue around draft recommendations for program changes, briefings with Council members, adoption by Arts Commission. Recommend Program Updates for the Cultural Funding program model

November 2020 – December 2020

• Program updates vetted by Arts Commission

January 2021– February 2021

•Cultural Funding Program updates approved by Arts Commission

•Cultural Funding Program updates reviewed by City Council

• Cultural Funding Program Application opens in March