In 1997, Springfield citizens worked towards Springfield’s future cultural development, resulting in the Springfield Regional Cultural Plan. Updated in 2004, this plan had the goal to build on Springfield’s cultural assets and legacy, and use those to strengthen overall community and economic development for the next 20 years, recognizing that community vitality grows from cultural vitality. The plan was adopted in the City's comprehensive plan, Vision 20/20.
A 20-plus member Steering Committee, in addition to the SRAC Board, directed the plan to reflect community goals and priorities. Those goals are summarized below.
- Continue to build the community of artists and supporters of the arts.
- Fund and capitalize arts and cultural development.
- Stabilize and strengthen strong and healthy arts and cultural organizations through collaboration, leadership, training, and communication.
- Provide leadership for regional arts and cultural development.
- Demonstrate and increase the awareness of the economic impact of the arts as one of the foundations/building blocks of overall economic and community development.
- Contribute to the further creation of a vibrant Center City enriched by arts and culture.
- Increase both resident and visitor interest, participation, and support in and for the arts and cultural events throughout the Springfield region.
- Strengthen efforts for lifelong education, accessible to all ages and encompassing partnerships in higher education as well as pre-schools, schools, and the general community, with education provided in and through the arts.
Currently, the City of Springfield is undergoing its next visioning process with the Springfield Regional Arts Council co-chairing the Arts, Culture and Tourism Committee. The draft of the Arts, Culture and Tourism plan is part of Field Guide 2030, awaiting City Council adoption.
The Springfield Regional Arts Council's Strategic Action Plan was created based on the goals found in the Cultural Plan and area Community Focus Report Cards.