Our Creative Economy
Goals: Map Existing Assets, Develop a Regional Strategy for Enhancing Public Art and Cultural Venues, and Publish Southwest Florida’s Public Art and Cultural Venues Tour Guide as a Computer Application
The Southwest Florida regional Planning Council (SWFRPC) and several partners are proposing to develop and effect a strategy to improve awareness of and visits to the region’s public art and cultural venues. Currently, the SWFRPC proposes to implement the strategy in three phases 1) Asset Mapping; 2) A SWOT (strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats) analysis; and 3) A Southwest Florida’s Public Art and Cultural Venues Field and Tour Guide.
The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council was awarded a Visit Florida grant to create a regional strategy, consisting of public workshops and a logo design competition, for public art and cultural venues that will identify, mark and direct tourists to sites of historical and cultural importance in Southwest Florida. The project encompasses six counties (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota) in Florida.
The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council was awarded a Visit Florida grant to fund a video that captures the true essence of Our Creative Economy. This promotional video allows us to market and promote the region for the Our Creative Economy project concept within the six counties in Southwest Florida. The purpose of the video is to educate the leaders and citizens on the benefits of cultural, ecotourism and heritage tourism and gain input and support for the project.
SWFL Community Foundation
The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council was awarded a SWFL Community Foundation grant to conduct asset mapping for Lee County. The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, in partnership with the Lee County Alliance for the Arts and the Lee County Tourism Development Council, proposes to identify, map and document existing public art and public art venues in Lee County. A Field Guide to the Public Art of Lee County will assist residents, visitors and tourists to find public art geographically and in temporal space (for regularly scheduled events) in electronic and print media.