Mayor Stephanie M. Burke is pleased to announce the release of the Cultural Affairs and Recreation Committee Report. The committee is one of four selected by Mayor Burke in December 2015: City Hall Audit; Business and Economic Development; Cultural Affairs and Recreation; and Constituent Services. Each committee was charged with gathering information from the community through public meetings and surveys to address the various needs and desires of the community regarding these four important components of civic life in Medford.
The 10 individuals asked to serve on the committee met several times between December and February and engaged more than forty members of the community in public discussion, and received over one hundred and forty-five responses from a public survey. The committee members consisted of Ken Krause (committee chair), Kelly Allen, Sarah Beardslee, Joan Cyr, Monique Doherty, Susan Fairchild, Anthony Petrelis, Gary Roberts, Paul Solano, and Donna Sullivan. The information gathered from this process was reviewed by the committee, categorized into similar themes and issues, and assigned to a particular timeline. The final report includes a summary of these results and recommendations, as well as careful research and input from the committee regarding the economic impact of arts, culture, and recreational activities and best practices for municipal support.
“Our committee was pleased that Mayor Burke and the City of Medford are looking for ways to enhance community programs in the arts, culture and recreation,” said committee chair, Ken Krause. “The enthusiastic responses at our meetings and through our survey yielded many great ideas and solutions, and demonstrated residents’ desire for more diverse offerings. We appreciated this creative thinking about the future and excitement about new ways for Medford’s many arts, cultural and recreation organizations to collaborate with the city.”
The report recommended several key possible contributions from the city:
- Public championing of Medford’s cultural and recreational assets.
- New or upgraded infrastructure that only the city can provide.
- Dedicated city departments and staff.
- Additional budget line items for arts, culture, and recreation.
- Policy revisions that would elevate arts, culture, and recreation into all areas of city operations, especially planning.
“The City of Medford recognizes how vital arts and recreation are to a strong community with thriving businesses, activated public spaces, and vibrant neighborhoods,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “This report is not only an organized documentation of important issues and concerns shared by the community, but more importantly provides us with a clear roadmap and recommendations for maximizing the city’s support of the cultural and recreational institutions doing great work in the community. We’ve already made great strides in addressing a number of these recommendations and are dedicated to making sure every comment is reviewed, considered, and addressed.” The City of Medford has also named Allie Fiske as the new Business & Cultural Liaison, a position that will support the important initiatives of the cultural organizations in Medford and the business community.
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