New strategic plan includes strengthened commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity
After nearly a year of work, a new strategic plan was adopted by the board of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) at its summer meeting July 26-27, 2016. The strategic plan will guide the work of the agency through 2021. By law (RCW 43.88.090), each state agency is required to define its mission, establish objectives for each major activity of its budget, and provide measurable goals to achieve those objectives. The new strategic plan will be an important component of ArtsWA's biennium budget request to be submitted to the Governor this fall.
The Commission began the strategic planning work during a retreat at its August 2015 board meeting. At that meeting, the board established the process and time frame for the new plan and discussed the agency's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for the future (SWOT analysis). A strategic planning committee was established and chaired by board co-chair Sue Coliton. Committee members included commissioners Amanda Jackson Mott, Bassem Bejjani, Andy Fife, Ginger Ewing, ArtsWA Executive Director Karen Hanan, staff members Lisa Jaret, Mike Sweney, and Glenda Carino. The planning process over the year included a statewide online survey, one-on-one interviews with stakeholders, an all-staff retreat, work sessions to provide employee input, and in-depth board meeting discussions.
"Through the ArtsWA strategic planning process, we sought a wide range of input from the community--from key stakeholders across the state and from the board and staff," said Coliton. "The resulting plan is doable, is aligned with our resources, and, most importantly, reflects the board's strong priorities of diversity, inclusion, and equity in our grant programs and practices."
Among the five goals and objectives in the plan is a new crosscutting objective that signifies ArtsWA's strengthened commitment to include social justice, accessibility, and diversity in the agency's work. That commitment is also reflected in a new section of the State Arts Commission's refreshed values statement.
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