WolfBrown – A Plan for Arts and Culture in St. Cloud
All of these examples point to ways in which arts and culture can add value insupport of key
priorities. It will be helpful to keep in mind the many facets of cultural sector impact while reviewing the strategies in this Report.
This report synthesizes all aspects of the planning process. Several themessurfaced time and again during the process and are reflected in various sectionsof this report. They are:
Enhancing coordination and cooperation
among arts groups and betweenthem and the larger community
Building the organizational capacity
of local arts groups
Strengthening the leadership of and support
for arts and culture.
Economic & Downtown Development
St. Cloud’s 2003 Comprehensive Plan recognizes the contribution arts andculture can make to a vibrant downtown and the City already has many of thenecessary resources in place to foster cultural economic development,including a significant range of cultural assets.
While an informal arts district in the vicinity of the Paramount Theatrecontributes to a mix of cultural retail in the immediate area, there are few programmatic initiatives that tie together cultural offerings.
St. Cloud’s budding public art program provides an important cultural focusfor the community, both downtown and throughout the City.
There is an impressive range of cultural facilities in and around St. Cloud,including the Paramount Theatre, Pioneer Place, Stearns History Museum,facilities at St. Cloud State University and the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, as well as the Civic Center, the Regency Event Center, thenew main library, as well as many churches and public schools throughout thecommunity.
The Paramount Theatre is an important venue for locally producedperformances, although its cost and seating capacity limit its utility for some