The Durham Cultural Master Plan (PDF), approved by the City Council and Board of County Commissioners in 2004, outlined initiatives from 2004 to 2019 that reflected community priorities and provided a road-map to fulfill them. The full plan document outlined in-depth the multiple initiatives and strategies to achieve each goal. The Durham Cultural Advisory Board shared a presentation with City Council during a Work Session on October 21, 2021 regarding the Board’s request that the City and County jointly support the development of a new Cultural Master Plan. To learn more about the Durham Cultural Advisory Board, visit: https://durhamnc.gov/452/Durham-Cultural-Advisory-Board. To view the presentation, visit: https://durham.granicus.com/player/clip/2760?meta_id=405122.
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.