In 2010, the City of Pomona was selected to join four other municipalities throughout Los Angeles County to receive support from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts to develop a Cultural Plan for the City. This plan articulates the vision, a series of goals, objectives and strategies for the future of arts and culture in the city.
The lead agency for this plan is Pomona’s Cultural Arts Commission. Working with consultant Terry Wolverton/ Consult’Her, the Commission designated a Cultural Planning Committee, responsible for completion of the plan.
This Committee enlisted an Advisory Committee representing artists, arts businesses and nonprofit organizations, Pomona Unified School District (PUSD), Cal Poly Pomona, the Chamber of Commerce, and a range of cultural and community groups to develop the content of the plan and assist with eliciting community input. Strategies for reaching the communities of Pomona included an online survey as well as a series of community meetings.
The plan will be approved by the Cultural Arts Commission, who will recommend that the City Council approve it as well. The Cultural Arts Commission will then empower a group of community stakeholders to oversee implementation of the plan over the next five years.
Created in a time of economic downturn, the plan takes care not to incur additional expense for the City; instead, it aims to capitalize on and maximize resources that already exist and efforts that are already in progress.
For more information about the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's Municipal Planning Initiative and the other participating municipalities, click here: