Cultural Planning Made Simple: Lessons from the Cleveland Playbook

Recorded On: 01/24/2019

image About this Webinar

Cultural planning is a great tool for bringing a diverse array of stakeholders into alignment around arts and culture priorities. Well-constructed processes that are community- and data-driven can yield impressive long-term results that foster the health and vitality of your community’s arts and cultural assets and create opportunity for broader community development. 

Join Arts Cleveland staff as they discuss their new resource to the field, Elevating the Influence of Arts and Culture: A Cleveland Playbook, which documents their cultural plan journey, including how they engaged community members and elected officials, built strategic partnerships, and their frustrations and triumphs along the way.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will learn the development and implementation of Arts Cleveland’s cultural plan.
  • Attendees will learn tips and tricks as they consider starting their own cultural planning process and strategy. 
  • Attendees will learn some immediate next steps they can take to set themselves up for cultural planning success.  

Megan Van Voorhis

President and CEO, Arts Cleveland

Megan Van Voorhis grew up in Flint, Michigan. She completed a BFA in dance from The Ohio State University in 1998. Van Voorhis began her professional career at the Royal George Theatre Center in Chicago, Illinois. She returned to Ohio in 2001 to pursue an MBA at Case Western Reserve University. In 2003, Van Voorhis joined the program staff of Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (now Arts Cleveland). She became President and CEO in January 2018. Van Voorhis taught in the arts management program at Baldwin Wallace University for 6 years. She serves on the board of Ohio Citizens for the Arts, is Chair of the Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition (Northeast Ohio Hub) and advisory committee member for MetroHealth’s Arts-In-Medicine program. She is a member of the 2014 class of Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 under 40 honorees.


Twitter: @mlvanvoorhis   

Valerie Schumacher

Director of Programs and Services, Arts Cleveland

As Director of Programs and Services, Valerie ensures quality, relevance and alignment of the organization’s programmatic offerings and manages the organization’s brand.  In doing so, she manages a range of activities at Arts Cleveland including program implementation, online presence and design direction. Schumacher received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio, Entrepreneurship and Arts Management from Baldwin Wallace University and studied photography in Perugia, Italy, at the Umbra Institute. She was the first among "Emerging Artist Booth” participants to receive an honorable mention at the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival. She graduated from YWCA Cleveland’s 2012-13 Leadership Boot Camp and continues to find ways to grow and support the growth of those around her.


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