Council’s Vote On Houston’s Arts And Cultural Plan Postponed

The Arts and Cultural Plan for Houston will have to wait at least another week before its fate is known.


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The city’s Arts and Cultural Plan has made it to city council for consideration, but some still have questions before voting. Councilmember Michael Kubosh even suggests adding something.

“We need to see if we can somehow or another amend it to encourage an entertainment committee for the city of Houston,” Kubosh says. “I didn’t realize it, but Mayor Pro-Tem Gonzalez said he’d been trying to get one for many years.”

The 77-page document includes 27 strategies for enhancing arts and culture. The mayor’s assistant for cultural affairs Minnette Boesel says a few of those strategies stand out more than others, such as finding funding for grants outside of the Hotel Occupancy Tax.

“We will be forming a task force to look at other cities and how they have identified additional revenue streams for funding arts and cultural programming and projects,” Boesel says.

The plan also addresses the need for offering more arts-related activities in neighborhoods, which, according to Boesel, was made clear through a number of community town halls and focus groups over the past few months.

Houston’s Arts and Cultural Plan works in tandem with its first General Plan, which was adopted by city council last week.

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