Engaging the Creative Community
We kicked off this project with an open public meeting attended by 20+ artists and community members to define the seven asset categories, as well as the survey questions and outreach strategy.
Then we deployed good old-fashioned shoe leather to get people to participate. The Creative Assets Inventory had tables at Riverfest and Frenchtown’s 150th anniversary in September. You may have seen our mobile kiosk at five local hosts, including Frenchtown Home and Hardware, Early Bird, and the Book Garden. In November we went canvassing door-to-door in Frenchtown, telling people about the project, entering assets, and putting up Creative Asset decals in windows. We also conducted interviews throughout the county with creative people and other key stakeholders, and put out blasts through email and social media.
Awareness grew slowly at first, then snowballed as people began to tell their friends about the Inventory. We estimate that close to 400 people have been actively engaged in this project to date – and it’s continuing to grow!
We’re really grateful to ArtYard for hosting our launch celebration on March 11th — and to everyone who came out!