Grand Forks has a variety of dynamic organizations, both public and private, that sponsor and support quality events and a rich cultural environment; however, this has largely been done in the absence of articulated community priorities or goals. Decision-making is often ad hoc and communication across the organizations involved is informal. A more strategic approach would allocate public- and private-sector resources more efficiently and with greater impact.
To help define those strategies, two independent but integrated working groups – Arts & Events and Downtown Development – began organizing in early 2015. While this is the “Mayor’s Vibrancy Initiative,” it is led by private-sector individuals who are engaged, knowledgeable, and willing to lead a community conversation on their respective subjects. Each group determined its own membership, schedule and work plan. Each group will produce its own set of action steps, priorities, or recommendations. And each group operates independently but mindful of the interconnected nature of the collective goal: a more vibrant Grand Forks.Joint trips to Winnipeg and Ft. Collins reinforced that common cause with broadened perspectives, shared insights and renewed enthusiasm.
Downtown Public Forum (Mar. 10th)
An interactive event in which the community was invited to participate in various downtown topics and provide feedback to the Downtown Vibrancy Committee.
Events Listening Session (Feb. 11th)
A community Events Listening Session to hear from community event planners and organizers regarding the needs of the Events Community.
Arts & Culture Listening Session - (Jan. 7th)
The Mayor's Arts & Events Vibrancy Committee hosted an open forum to hear directly from local artists and organizations about their needs and how the community can help foster a vibrant arts community.
Going Grand - Community Celebration (Dec. 14th)
Community event that highlighted main points of the final draft Arts + Culture Master Plan and the Mayor's Vibrancy Initiative. Forkin It Over micro-grants for temporary public art were presented and awarded as well. See the results of the Forkin It Over Grants - GF Herald
Arts & Culture Listening Session - Individual Artist - The Guild
Discuss artists needs and to share ideas about arts in our community.