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Idaho Commission on the Arts

Long Range Plan FY 2016 – 2020

The Plan

In spring of 2014, notices inviting public participation were issued. Through August 2014, staff, commissioners, and local hosts facilitated 18 regional planning meetings across Idaho. A single focus question was offered: "How can the Idaho Commission on the Arts assist you to achieve your vision for your community in this economy?" Common themes, expressed in regional voices, affirmed the value of the services implemented in the previous plan and offered waypoints to the next. From these key constituent issues the goals and objectives of the new Long Range Plan emerged.

With this plan, the Idaho Commission on the Arts endeavors to enrich the cultural lives of Idahoans through support of artists, arts educators, and not-for-profit arts organizations across the state. The plan is annually reviewed, updated, and extended.

Goal One: Enhance Financial Assistance

Further simplify grant processes and increase the reach of grant services.

Objective 1.1: Simplify and extend the reach of grants and awards.

Task 1.1.1
Establish an online grant application system to improve constituent access.

Select, purchase, and install the new grants management system and online application system. Achieve in one year.

Task 1.1.2
Simplify QuickFunds Project grant guidelines to provide greater constituent access.

Establish fixed grant amounts at a funding level that maintains a broad reach. Revise guidelines to simplify applicant effort. Revise panel review to increase administrative efficiency. Achieve in four years.

Task 1.1.3
Separate Technical Assistance and Professional Development grants from QuickFunds to simplify constituent access.

Establish fixed grant amounts at a funding level that maintains a broad reach. Establish a rolling deadline. Establish a three-step review and approval by program director, deputy director, and executive director. Achieve in four years.

Task 1.1.4
Adapt the Traditional Arts Apprenticeships grant model to meet the current needs of the field.

Investigate new guideline requirements that support apprenticeships of the future. Replace the current TRAAP model with the revised one. Achieve in four years.

Task 1.1.5
Establish the Idaho Heritage Fellowship.

Idaho's Heritage Fellowship will be modeled on the National Heritage Fellowship. Achieve in four years

Task 1.1.6
Review the effectiveness of revised grant processes with constituents.

Determine the effectiveness of the changes in grantmaking for constituents. Achieve in five years.

Task 1.1.7
Investigate funding coordination to support high quality arts projects for the public.

Identify external funding sources that may support arts projects positively-adjudicated by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, but remaining unfunded because of a lack of agency resources. Achieve in five years.

Goal 2: Improve Access to Information

Provide information to artists, arts organizations, and schools, increasing their capacity to provide services to Idahoans.

Objective 2.1: Deliver professional development to artists, arts organizations, and teachers.

Task 2.1.1
Provide practical arts business information for Idaho not-for-profit arts managers.

Implement through the Idaho Change Leader Institute. Achieve in one year.

Task 2.1.2
Provide practical arts business information for Idaho artists.

Develop a Change Leader-like model for Idaho artists to increase their arts business skills. Achieve in four years.

Task 2.1.3
Increase the instructional, assessment, and evaluation skills of Idaho teachers, teaching artists, & arts organizations.

Achieve through the ArtsPowered Schools Institute and Arts Education Project planning workshops. Achieve in one year.

Task 2.1.4
Research and disseminate information on the impact of the arts on the Idaho economy.

Distribute Cultural Vitality Suite access to local arts councils; sponsor economic impact studies. Achieve in one year for the CVS; three years for economic impact studies.

Task 2.1.5
Vary Master to Master traditional arts workshops by discipline and region.

Coordinate annually with the field to organize appropriate workshops. Achieve in one year.

Task 2.1.6
Investigate coordinating services to the field with peer organizations.

Implement as appropriate, including coordination and contracted services (i.e., Idaho Nonprofit Center, WESTAF, Idaho Community Foundation, and Idaho Humanities Council.) Achieve in three years.

Objective 2.2: Upgrade online information resources.

Task 2.2.1
Improve accuracy of online directories.

Link grants management system data to the website, to provide accurate arts organization information. Achieve in two years.

Task 2.2.2
Upgrade the Idaho online public art directory.

Migrate to the WESTAF Public Art Archive. Achieve in two years.

Task 2.2.3
Publish arts funding resources online.

Provide links to funding information resources such as The Foundation Center and publish white papers on funding models (i.e., local investments and secured lines of credit.) Achieve in two years.

Task 2.2.4
Deliver online instructional content as applicable.

Develop webinars on prescient topics for arts management, arts education, and advocacy. Achieve in two years.

Task 2.2.5
Use online reporting of ArtsPowered Schools residencies and Arts Education Projects to communicate arts education impact.

Currently under development. Achieve in one year.

Task 2.2.6
Update and move online, "ArtsPowered Learning: An Idaho Arts Education Framework."

Update the Framework for applicability to the Idaho Core Standards. Publish online. Achieve in two years.

Objective 2.3: Provide funding leadership.

Task 2.3.1
Conduct fundraising and cash flow management workshops.

Implement through the Idaho Change Leader Institute. Achieve in two years.

Task 2.3.2
Disseminate information on revenue generating models to the field.

Present experts in fields of local funding co-ops, crowd funding, and other revenue-generating models. Achieve in two years.

Task 2.3.3
Conduct proposal writing workshops for Arts Commission grants.

Conduct workshops for arts organizations and artists. Coordinate with other gatherings. Achieve in one year.

Goal 3: Increase Connectivity

Connect Idaho artists, arts institutions, and audiences to the Arts Commission and each other.

Objective 3.1: Expand outreach opportunities to increase arts participation.

Task 3.1.1
Expand Change Leader participation.

Expand by 12 participants each year, annually representing every region. Achieve in one year.

Task 3.1.2
Research and implement the appropriate means to connect artists.

Determine the best means, re: a Change Leader-like model. Then implement. Achieve in five years.

Task 3.1.3
Expand the arts education program reach further into underserved regions of Idaho.

Reach teachers in underserved regions, including the development of regional ArtsPowered Schools "Greenhouses." Achieve in two years.

Objective 3.2: Establish the agency as an information resource.

Task3.2.1
Develop and implement an agency communications plan.

Coordinate website, grants management system, social media, & style sheet. Establish staff communications procedures. Achieve in one year.

Task 3.2.2
Update the agency website.

Link the website to the grants management system. Achieve in two years.

Task 3.2.3
Increase the reach of information services with online communications tools.

Move "Latitudes" online. Publish online articles. Link to relevant blogs. Post links and notices to the field through social media. Achieve in two years.

Task 3.2.4
Train staff to use online tools to communicate with constituents.

Train staff to use the grants management system to contact constituents and track constituent communications. Train staff to use social media for agency communications. Achieve in two years.

Task 3.2.5
Conduct events that stimulate local arts participation.

Conduct site visits and speaking engagements that engage constituents. Achieve in one year.

Task 3.2.6
Enlist commissioners as regional representatives for the agency.

Provide informational assistance to commissioners who wish to be active as regional resources for the agency and its services. Achieve in one year.

Task 3.2.7
Review the effectiveness of information services with constituents.

Determine the effectiveness of the information services. Adjust services and methods of delivery. Achieve in three years.

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