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CSFAC at CC Implementation

CSFAC Implementation Details for 2017-18

  1. Museum – implementing
    • Increase the museum’s presence in the community and regional reputation [Excellence, Access]
    • Grow audiences by increasing access from across our community [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Amplify visitor experiences [Excellence, Access]
    • Build connections with campus, community, regional organizations, and national institutions [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Enhance gifts and donations to the collection [Excellence]
    • Design successful exhibitions that underscore our sense of place across disciplines; that connect audiences to historical and contemporary cultures in new and exciting ways; and that incorporate a range of voices from our communities to attract new audiences [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Develop and implement collaborative curatorial practices and pedagogies [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Expand the museum’s research presence [Excellence, Connections]
    • Inaugurate a program to highlight the work of young alumni, emerging local artists, and collaborative community projects [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Enhance outreach and invite collaborations that create connections between local communities and museum collections [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Strengthen, expand and invite new collaborations with other regional organizations for programs and exhibitions [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Implement new database system and build expertise and resources within the program [Excellence, Access]
    • Prepare to launch online platform with selected object records in Fall 2018 [Excellence, Access]
    • Update, codify, and implement up to date methods and techniques in registration, storage and installation [Excellence]
    • Develop a conservation program for collections maintenance; build relations with relevant departments [Excellence, Connections]
    • Support and enhance intern program for CC students [Excellence, Access]
    • Develop successful and innovative K-12 program [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Create successful student guides program for CC students in museum [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Build program to offer professional development to K-12 teachers in region [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Establish and implement innovative practices in museum education [Excellence]
    • Support docent program, providing training that focuses on audience-centric approaches and establishing efficiencies that promote excellence [Excellence]
    • Expand and develop faculty teaching program across disciplines and programs [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Explore, pilot and support programs to support innovative teaching and curricula [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Provide training for faculty, staff, docents, and teachers [Excellence, Access, Connections]
    • Invite visitors to the museum to expand teaching and learning possibilities [Excellence, Access, Connections]
  2. Bemis School of Art – initiative planning
    1. Form group in Oct/Nov to being exploring initiatives [Group formed in Jan 2018, read more here]
    2. Capture activities and stories in 2017-18 that can be related to the strategic plan
  3. Performing Arts – ongoing operations
    1. Capture activities and stories in 2017-18 that can be related to the strategic plan




Museum – implementation of initiatives
Bemis School of Art – initiative planning, form group to explore initiatives in Oct/Nov
Performing Arts – ongoing operations


Museum – continue implementation
Bemis School of Art – implementation of initiatives, form group to begin space planning
Performing Arts – initiative planning, form group to explore initiatives in Sept/Oct


Museum – continue implementation
Bemis School of Art – continue implementation
Performing Arts – implementation of initiatives
Spring 2020 – prepare summary report of implementation activities

Measures of Success

  • Numbers who visit the museum, attend performances, and enroll in classes; diversity of visitors by zip code, age, race, residing in Colorado or outside the state, and program type
  • Number of return visits by program category
  • Number of artists in Colorado Springs who engage with the FAC
  • Evidence of satisfaction with FAC use and experience
  • Gifts to the FAC Foundation and CC restricted endowment for the FAC to meet the $45 million goal
  • Evidence that the college is identified as a beacon for arts among liberal arts colleges
  • Digitization of the collection and number of users who access the online resources
  • Number of college students who major or participate in arts
  • Integration of the FAC in the academic programs of the college
  • Number of graduates of the college who pursue careers in the arts; evidence of their local, regional, and global influence
  • Number of community members engaged in college performances and events at venues other than the FAC
  • The economic impact of arts in the city
  • Regional and national coverage of FAC offerings including reviews of exhibits and performances
  • Robust philanthropic support for the FAC including grants, donations, and memberships
  • Growth of the FAC collection