During a time when almost every municipality in the state of Florida reduced or eliminated funding for arts and culture, the elected leaders of Leon County and the City of Tallahassee demonstrated their commitment to the value of culture, arts and heritage experiences with unwavering and unanimous support. This report contains some new ideas and a different perspective on some significant elements of the former Cultural Plan, which was adopted in 2003. The differences are not critical of the original work.
In fact, the accomplishments of the first plan are commendable and many elements of that plan continue to serve our community well today. However, there have been many changes in our community over the span of a decade. This plan reflects those changes and is intended to be a living plan, one that is flexible and responsive to trends and aspirations within Tallahassee and Leon County. It reflects a vision and a deep-seated commitment by our leaders and residents to accelerate the growth of creative opportunity throughout the region. It recognizes the contributions the arts, culture and heritage make to economic development and education of our community.