We Need a Plan
Millennials are the largest generation group in the American workforce as of 2015. The way work-life balance is prioritized in many sectors has changed dramatically because millennials tend to value work-life balance and quality of place more than previous generations. Cities like Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, and Nashville have responded to a changing workforce’s values by actively developing strategies to support and strengthen cultural industries that contribute to the overall quality of life in their regions. Click on the image below to read more about how cultural planning initiatives in each of those cities have been implemented and the research indicating cities with strong artistic clusters tend to perform better economically.
There are other factors to look at when we think about establishing and maintaining a quality of life in Omaha. Cost of living, education, and geography are all parts of the growth equation too. That said, one common thread linking almost every city that positions arts and culture as a significant pillar of their growth strategy, is a plan with wide-ranging support from city and state government, non governmental organizations, businesses, and individuals. Cultural plans look at local and regional data to outline ways city and state governments, businesses, and nonprofits can build collective support for place-making initiatives, affordable studio spaces and artist housing, continuing education, increased public transportation, and developing dedicated arts and culture districts.
Omaha doesn’t have a cultural plan. If it did, what would it look like? How could individual artists, the city, local businesses, developers, and nonprofits work together to make our city a better place for artists to live and work? Would a city-wide cultural plan with municipal support help us attract and retain more creative talent? Click through the examples of other regional and city-wide cultural plans below and add your ideas for Omaha’s cultural plan to the comments section.