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Ross Simons (user 76) - Comments by Date

I would favor continuing our arts programs and especially the arts grants programs which allow our community to attract visitors and drives our economic progress. Arts make Alexandria a more livable community and promotes our community progress through education, entertainment and revenues into the City's coffers.

Ross Simons (76) | User | January 20, 2010 - 3:31 PM | FY 2011 Budget Process

Re: All Strategic Plan goals. It is important to remember that the arts provide an underpinning for all the strategic plan goals. The arts serve as economic engine (strategic goal 1), they serve to help students learn and assist in the recreation of and life long learning of our citizens. Even in transportation, they can aid in making street scapes and even buses more aesthetically pleasing while getting citizens going to art events out of their cars. The arts serve to make communities bond together and reduce incidences of crime during festival times for example. The ability to implement an Arts Master Plan in Alexandria in part underwritten by a percentage for the arts program would enable all goals in this strategic planning process. I commend the idea of an integrated arts goal be weaved into the entire City's Strategic Plan.

ross simons (76) | User | December 16, 2009 - 10:32 AM | City of Alexandria Strategic Planning