Imagine 2020: How do you envision the future of the arts in Denver?

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What makes a city great? Bolstering the arts and culture is a good place to start, and many of the nation's best cities rely on a civic cultural plan to figure how to best do that. Denver's last attempt at such a plan came back in 1989 when Federico Peña was mayor, and it was a good one. Still, a lot has changed -- the entire urban landscape, for instance -- since then.

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Mayor Michael Hancock and the folks at Denver Arts & Venues have come together to launch a new plan, Imagine 2020: Creating a Future for Denver's Culture. As part of a six-month study that will provide that plan's roadmap, the public is invited to give input during a period that started at the end of March and continues through May.

To that end, the city will have street teams soliciting feedback at selected cultural events, and people can also leave suggestions and thoughts on a board in the McNichols Building. But the easiest and most effective way way to add your two cents is through an online survey at the Imagine 2020 website.

Following is the official statement from Denver Arts & Venues.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues have kicked off the city's cultural planning process with the launch of "Imagine 2020: Creating a future for Denver's culture."

As the plan is developed throughout the next several months, the city will be seeking input from residents on what they imagine Denver's arts, cultural and creative scene to look like in the year 2020. A survey designed to collect public feedback and more information about the plan is available at ImagineDenver2020.org.

"Denver must have an ambitious plan to build on the city's artistic and cultural assets and creative energy to compete on a global stage," Mayor Hancock said. "Imagine 2020 is an opportunity for Denver to fuel our economic engine through supporting our creative enterprises, exposing our children to better arts education, and continuing to bring vibrancy and a sense of community to our neighborhoods."

The city has not published a cultural plan since 1989, which resulted in increased financial, policy and program support for arts. Imagine 2020 seeks to connect the city's vast network of cultural assets and support systems to foster continued growth, development and education of the arts.

"Arts and culture have the ability to unite a great city," said Kent Rice, Executive Director of Denver Arts & Venues. "By supporting the arts, we increase Denver's quality of life and boost its economy. Imagine 2020 will provide a strategic vision and roadmap for us to grow the business of arts, culture and creativity."

The cultural plan's development is funded by Arts & Venues with support from the Office of Economic Development and the Mayor's Office. The city has retained Corona Insights, a Denver-based consulting firm that specializes in research, analytics and strategy, to facilitate the process. Corona is gathering information to inform and serve as the foundation for the cultural plan. In addition to the public survey, Corona is gathering input from a 120-member stakeholder leadership group and from the broader artistic, cultural and creative sectors through a variety of events during the process.

Arts & Venues will also be soliciting input from residents through the public survey, community meetings and cultural events like First Friday art walks and museum free days sponsored by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. A full list of meeting and events and more information is available at ImagineDenver2020.org. Survey takers can opt in to a raffle drawing for tickets to shows at Red Rocks and the Denver Performing Arts Complex and other prizes.

For the following survey, we are interested in your perceptions of arts, culture, and creativity in Denver. This information will be used to develop a cultural plan for the city, which will help shape the city's priorities and inform its decisions about different cultural initiatives and funding. The survey will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Your feedback is extremely valuable, and as a token of our appreciation, you will have the option of entering into a raffle for various prizes after you have submitted the survey.

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