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Collier County Arts & Culture Strategic Plan: Community Forums Announced

Naples, Fla. – The public is invited to join the conversation about enhancing the future of arts and culture in Collier County as part of the county’s Arts and Culture Strategic Plan process. A planning taskforce led by top cultural and community leaders, in partnership with consulting team, The Cultural Planning Group, is gathering input from the county’s arts, culture, and creative sectors, patrons, advocates, and residents.

“We are focused on engaging all Collier County residents throughout the planning process,” said Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The public’s input on the current state of arts, culture, and creative opportunities is essential to helping us better integrate these into the priorities of local government and the community overall, creating a dynamic arts and culture destination, with greater access for all.”   

Attendees are encouraged to share their opinions and ideas about the county’s arts and cultural future. Numerous engagement opportunities are being afforded to residents including: a community online survey (coming in mid-September),topic-focused discussion groups, open community forums, and social media.

The Open Community Forums are scheduled to take place on the following dates and times:

Arts and Culture Community Forum

Tuesday, September 17, 5:30-7:00p.m.

Collier County Public Library – Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, FL 34109

Forum Host: Commissioner Andy Solis, District 2

The Collier County Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this program.

Arts and Culture Community Forum

Wednesday, September 18, 5:30-7:00p.m.

Board of County Commissioners Board Room, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 303, Naples, FL 34114

*NOTE: The BOCC Board Room is located in the Administration Building/Building F, on the third floor. Enter through the Security Checkpoint on the Main Floor, then proceed to the elevator bank or stairways.

Forum Host: Commissioner Donna Fiala, District 1

Arts and Culture Community Forum

Wednesday, September 18, 5:30-7:00p.m.

Naples Art Association, 585 Park Street, Naples, FL 34102

Forum Host: Commissioner Penny Taylor, District 4.

About The Collier County Arts & Culture Strategic Plan
The Collier County Arts & Culture Strategic Plan is a long-term collaborative effort of Collier County Government the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau and United Arts Council of Collier County, in partnership with The Cultural Planning Group. Its mission is to evaluate, establish and successfully promote Collier County as an art and culture destination. Funding for the plan comes from the Collier County Tourist Development Tax, the Community Foundation of Collier County and Artis-Naples. For updates and events, follow the plan on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Media Contacts
Jack Wert, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. jack.wert@colliercountyfl.gov, 239-252-2402

Laura Burns, United Arts Council of Collier County, lburns@uaccollier.org, 239-254-8242