This strategic planning process started, in the fall of 2017, with the receipt of a capacity-building grant from The Community Foundation. We began by working with the Knowledge Advisory Group to complete an organizational logic model. Through a series of meetings, we identified four major program components and their associated activities and outcomes.
What the feedback told us was that VisArts has played and continues to play a vital role in our community—offering arts education to those who might not otherwise have access to it. Exceptional teachers and a strong staff culture were a strength, and fundraising was identified as a challenge. The top priority, which was identified again and again, was the need to expand and/or renovate the building. Overwhelmingly, people said they believe that VisArts is poised to become a national leader in the community arts education space.
Now the real work begins. Over the next five years, we will implement a plan that is both well-grounded and bold. We hope you’ll join us as we do this important and necessary work.