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CAH Strategic Plan

In 2014, Cultural Planning Group was engaged by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to assist with the development of its new strategic plan.

Over a period of one year, Cultural Planning Group led an inclusive process to receive input from stakeholders and the public at large, conducted a comprehensive review of agency practices, and researched best practices from model agencies elsewhere in the United States.

Due to the impacts of the current public health emergency, the developmnent of CAH's new strategic plan has been delayed. Because the agency is coming to the end of the current five-year strategic plan, the Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to a partial and temporary extension of this current plan to allow time for the devlopment and delivery of the new plan by June 2021:

RESOLVED, That the following recommended strategies from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities strategic plan (adopted September 21, 2015), be temporarily extended beyond the plan’s expiration date of September 20, 2020:

  • Update grantmaking procedures with the goals of increasing the efficiency of program delivery; streamlining the application process for applicants; strengthening knowledge for internal analysis on the efficacy and impact of grant programs.
  • Invest in development of a public art master plan with a horizon of five years or less that will establish the overall approach to public art development, guide decision-making and focus resource allocation.
  • Create an interagency liaison function within CAH, to identify critical arts and cultural development issues and to develop policy initiatives across departmental and agency lines.
  • Actively address ongoing equity and access issues through capacity building and creative economy investments in addition to East of the River grants. Focus on equity initiatives throughout the District responding to clear stakeholder and constituent feedback and aligning with the Mayor’s priorities of transparency.

These strategies shall serve as the agency’s strategic plan, effective beginning September 21, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2021 or the adoption of a new strategic plan, whichever occurs first.

Unanimously agreed to, August 13, 2020.