by Alana J. Mauger
After year-long effort to gather information, opinions and ideas about arts and culture in Montgomery County, Creative Montco will unveil its 10-year plan during a launch party on Sept. 13 in the Parkhouse Hall Atrium at Montgomery County Community College’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.
The celebration begins with networking from 4-4:30 p.m., followed by a presentation from 4:30-5:15 p.m. and a reception from 5:15-6 p.m. Artists, creative entrepreneurs, civic leaders, government officials and anyone who lives or works in Montgomery County is welcome to attend. To RSVP, visit creativemontco.eventbrite.com or call 610-313-9836.
Supported in part by a major grant from the William Penn Foundation, along with support from the Montgomery County Foundation, Creative Montco is based on the belief that culture and creativity are among a community’s most powerful assets. The initiative, chaired by College President Dr. Karen A. Stout, looks to leverage the County’s cultural and creative resources to enhance economic development through implementation of a 10-year comprehensive plan.
“Creative Montco reflects the growing trend to integrate cultural and economic development,” said Dr. Stout. “By recognizing the link between non-profit and for-profit creative activity and combining them under the creative sector umbrella, we acknowledge their common interests and often-overlooked role within regional economies.”
To date, more than 1,900 individuals representing all 62 municipalities in Montgomery County have participated in the initiative through a series of town hall meetings, community conversations, survey responses, interviews and discussion groups, and social media and website feedback.
For more information about CreativeMontcoand to learn how to get involved, visit www.creativemontco.org.