“The city of Denver on Tuesday unveiled its new cultural plan, called ‘Imagine 2020,’ with a long list of recommendations intended to push public policy in a pro-arts direction over the next seven years,” writes Ray Mark Rinaldi in Tuesday’s (3/4) Denver Post. “The plan calls for more art in just about every venue within city reach, from its buildings and theaters to its parks and even the streets themselves.… The plan was developed after a year of research…. The overwhelming finding was that people want to know more about the art opportunities available to them. ‘Sixty percent of respondents in the scientific public survey reported that they were not participating as much as they would like,’ the plan states. ‘This was especially true of Hispanics and African-Americans.’ … [The plan] calls for significant partnerships between public agencies, such as the city, its schools and airport, and the private sector. ‘Envision family members walking to their neighborhood library to attend an art opening or museum program at their local middle school,’ the plans suggests. ‘That same family may experience a musical performance at its local shopping center or a dance troupe’s premiere at the office building where a parent works.’ ”

Posted March 7, 2014