We are excited to embark on planning for the arts and culture of Newton and we need your help!

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and the City of Newton, with the assistance of the Community Design for Arts & Culture Committee (CDAC) are embarking on a seven-month planning process to create a Comprehensive Arts & Cultural Plan for the City.

The plan will identify all of our arts and cultural assets – from our buildings and non-profits, to the events and festivals we host, to the local traditions and initiatives in our villages and neighborhoods. We will explore how arts and cultural goals and interests are aligned with our businesses, recreational opportunities, and commercial districts, and identify goals, set out recommendations, and seek opportunities to collaborate and expand our pool of funding.

Your feedback can help us in this effort. The survey should take you approximately 10 - 12 minutes to complete and there is no identifying information asked in this survey (it is anonymous). Please note that this survey is best taken on your computer and not on a smart phone or smaller device.

Thank you in advance! We are eager to hear what you have to say.

Please visit our website at www.newtonma.gov/artsculture to receive updates on the development of the Arts & Culture Plan, to get on our email list, or to make additional comments or suggestions.

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* 1. What motivates you to participate in arts & culture activities in Newton? Mark all that apply.

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* 2. How meaningful are the following City of Newton and Newton Community Pride events? For each event please check all answers that apply.

  Important to me Important to enhance arts & culture Important to foster community Not important Not familiar with this event
Harvest Fair
Festival of the Arts
Heartbreak Hill Youth Road Race
Holiday Craft Fair in City Hall
Time for Partners
Halloween Window Painting Contest
Spelling Bee
Newton Open Studios
4th of July Celebration
Mayor's New Year's Eve Open House
Newton Youth Theatre Camp
Kids FunFest
Holiday Lights Celebration
Concerts in the Parks

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* 3. In the past 12 months have you attended or visited: (Mark all that apply)

  In Newton Elsewhere No
Arts/cultural, ethnic or heritage festival
Creative business which offers art, pottery, crafting, beading, knitting, etc.
A class or lesson for something creative
Live performance of music
Live performance of dance
Theater performance
Lecture, literary event, or author appearance, etc.
Film or documentary at a cinema or theater
A craft show
A restaurant before or after an art/cultural event

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* 4. How do you hear about arts and cultural events in Newton? Mark all that apply.

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* 5. Please let us know the relative importance to you of each of the following:

  Most Important Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important N/A
Visual arts & crafts
Public art
Performing arts
Live music
Civic events (fireworks & parades)
Exhibition & gallery space
Arts & cultural classes for adults
Newton festivals & crafts shows
Art & cultural classes for youth & families
Places to make art
Places to perform (music, theater, dance, etc.)

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* 6. Do you participate in Newton's arts & cultural events, programming and opportunities as much as you would like?

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