Weigh in on making Mpls a stronger arts city

The City of Minneapolis is seeking feedback on a proposed plan to strengthen the city’s arts and creative economy.

A team of artists, city staff and community leaders have been working on a Creative City Road Map for the past 18 months — a 10-year action plan identifying key priorities for the city to help bolster the arts sector and ensure that all people in the city can benefit from the creative economy.

An open house with information about the road map will be held Sept. 17, 4–6 p.m., at Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE. There are also plans for four smaller “Loop Back” events to engage people about the 10-year plan.

For more information, go to www.creativeminneapolis.org.

The Minneapolis area ranked fifth on a list of the most “creatively vital” cities in the country released earlier this year. The top four cities on the list included Washington, D.C. followed by Los Angeles, New York City and Boston.

The city’s creative sector contributed $831 million to the city’s economy in 2013, according to a report presented to the City Council in January. Retail sales from creative organizations were nearly equal to sports sales in 2013 — $520 million compared to $533 million.