Edmonds Chamber establishes Arts & Culture Committee

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In an effort to promote and foster economic development in Edmonds through our community’s “cultural assets,” the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has formed an Arts & Culture Committee.

Based on recommendations in the City’s 2008 Community Cultural Plan, the new committee’s purpose is to facilitate, communicate and collaborate with arts and culture entities (organizations, individual artists, etc.) and businesses to foster growth and promote economic development. According to a Chamber of Commerce news release, the committee has a “principle of inclusiveness” that extends beyond the bounds of Chamber membership and reaches out to the entire community.

Current committee membership includes Chair Jack Loos, Chamber 1st vice president, plus representatives from City of Edmonds Cultural Services, Edmonds Arts Commission, Edmonds Arts Festival and Foundation, Edmonds Community College Arts Now, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds Art Studio Tour, ArtistsConnect, and downtown Edmonds businesses.

The committee plans to concentrate on the following efforts, the news release said:
– Communications and advocacy work to highlight and recognize the important contributions of arts and culture to the local economy. This includes coordinating information on all the local organizations and businesses in arts and culture.
– Collecting and coordinating information about best practices that may be beneficial for nonprofit arts organizations, businesses, and individual artists. A variety of opportunities are already offered locally including the annual BizArts conference through ArtsNow and the 425 Launch program through the Chamber.
– Marketing collaborations to promote events and business clusters, providing information within the community and among the various arts and culture entities and advocating for cultural tourism.

This fall and winter, the City of Edmonds will be working on a citywide Strategic Planning process and there will be a variety of ways for the public to be engaged, including online surveys, public meetings and participation in focus groups.  Since arts and culture is a key part of this effort, citizens are encouraged to share their vision and priorities for the community.

For more information about the Chamber Arts & Culture Committee, contact the Chamber office at 425-332-7114 or email admin@edmondswa.com.

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