About the Cultural Master Plan

parking garage with art mural
Photo by Estlin Haiss 
The Durham Cultural Master Plan (PDF), approved by the City Council and Board of County Commissioners in 2004, outlines initiatives over the next 15 years that reflect community priorities and provides a road-map to fulfill them. The full plan document outlines in-depth the multiple initiatives and strategies to achieve each goal.
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.