Following a yearlong process that engaged thousands of citizens, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) presented the 352ArtsRoadmap Cultural Plan for Gainesville and Alachua County to the Gainesville City Commission during the afternoon portion of today’s City Commission meeting. After the presentation, the Gainesville City Commission formally adopted the 352ArtsRoadmap as the strategic plan for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, and made a referral to the Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Public Works Committee to look at departmental staffing reductions resulting from the most recent economic downturn.
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department serves as the designated Local Arts Agency for Gainesville and Alachua County. In June 2014, with support from a State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant and the services of Mataraza Consulting, the department formally launched the process to update the city and county’s 2004 Cultural Plan. Over the next year, it enlisted the input of 3,197 residents through: a 122-person Steering Committee led by community leader and Honorary Chair Marilyn L. Tubb and co-chaired by former City Commissioner Lauren Poe and County Commissioner Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson; numerous focus groups and community dialogues across the county; an afternoon-long planning summit attended by 104 people and online surveys for artists, arts organizations and the general public which secured 2,788 responses.