The CREATIVE EDGE Strategic Cultural Plan has arrived

After months of strategic planning, the Creative Edge Strategic Plan has arrived. The plan has been a culmination of nearly a year in the making, and lays out the city’s strategic plan in the sector for the 5-7 years.


Welcome to Creative Edge, Sacramento’s plan for arts, culture and creative economy.

Sacramento is on the precipice of its next iteration—it’s on the creative edge.

Perhaps overshadowed in the past by other large California cities, Sacramento is reclaiming its story and celebrating its unique character. Sacramento has always been culturally and ethnically rich—a characteristic of the city Sacramentans know well, but one less recognized outside the region.

The city of trees, architecturally rich, with its agricultural heritage, experiencing a culinary renewal. With a commitment to the riverfront that gave life to the original city, Sacramentans prize their legacy of cultural institutions, love their neighborhoods, and are eager for more community cultural experiences close to home.

Creativity is the soul of this city. Live music, creative work and live spaces, lifelong learning in the arts, and universities engaged with the community; all are part of Sacramentan life.

Now, Sacramento is calling for more.


More street activation and more risk taking. Investment in the entire ecosystem of creative expression. A more dynamic city, a more creative community, and a competitive creative workforce. As implementation begins, equity and access are a governing priority. Every Sacramentan deserves access to education and the opportunity to develop skills through the arts and creative practices. Resources for the field need to be increased and distributed with a priority towards equity.

Creative Edge is ultimately a guide book, created by thousands of Sacramentans from throughout the City, setting forth their collective priorities for the cultural and creative life of the City. The success of Creative Edge, which will be measured both experientially and with data, will rely on a community of partners, led by the City of Sacramento, but in step with the community.

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