CultureWorks brings the community together for Culture Connects 20/20.

Culture Works hosted two community meetings in early June as part of the regional cultural planning initiative, Culture Connects 20/20. More than 100 people participated in these facilitated discussions, representing the arts community, elected officials, community leaders, educators and other interested citizens. The meetings were held in two beautiful locations: the Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center at Aullwood Audubon Center and the Springfield Museum of Art. We couldn’t have asked for a more engaged and enthusiastic group of participants.

Those attending had a chance to learn more about how the planning process will work and participate in lively discussions surrounding six topics:

• Cultural Economic Development

• Cultural/Creative Education

• Artists and Other Creative Workers

• Diversity (Ethnic, racial, economic, geographic)

• Serving Regional Residents

• Adequate and Stable Funding for Arts and Culture

Researchers from the University of Dayton and Wright State University recorded the discussions. To review these summaries, go to

This planning process provides a valuable opportunity for the entire Dayton region to think strategically about how cultural resources can best be utilized to achieve civic and economic goals—now and for the future. Connect with us through the website to get on the email list to receive updates and stay tuned for more public meeting sessions in September.