Arts & Events Strategic Plan

The City of Elgin is embarking on a comprehensive strategic planning process to establish a vision and shared goals that will help guide the city's continued support of the arts. The planning process will consist of four major phases and is expected to be adopted in the late winter of 2023. To find out how to get involved and keep updated on the project, complete the short form here

  • Listening Phase: Background review, community meetings and workshop, and stakeholder interviews culminating in a finalized vision for success that also informs the creation of a community survey.
  • Learning Phase: Benchmark and environmental scan, cultural landscape assessment, community survey, focus groups and community conversations, and workshops culminating in a comprehensive report that will inform the programming recommendations and strategic plan.
  • Planning Phase: Workshops determining the programming mix, operations analysis and modeling, and implementation plans culminating in a workbook detailing all of the above with strategic objectives and goals. 
  • Ensuring Success: Draft strategic plan utilizing the input gathered to date, workshops and a final presentation to city council on the final strategic plan and implementation process. 

Project Kick-off

In partnership with Create Today, LLC, the City of Elgin is hosting the first of many community meetings. The goal of these meetings is to officially launch the project with the full community of Elgin, present the project work plan and proposed timeline, review opportunities for the community to engage in the process, and share the channels for attendees to provide feedback about their hopes, ambitions, and any concerns for the future of arts and culture programming in Elgin. The meeting will be posted here following the event. Una grabación con subtítulos en español estará disponible después de la reunión a través de ese enlace.

  1. Virtual kick-off meeting #1: September 28th from 12pm-1pm via zoom
  2. Virtual kick-off meeting #2: September 29th from 6pm-7pm via zoom


As meeting are conducted, deliverable documents will be shared here. 

Elgin Workplan- graphic with dates