Strategy Approved

We are excited to announce that on August 17, 2021, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors adopted the Mariposa County Creative Placemaking Strategy, Mariposa first cultural policy initiative. The development of this document has been a multi-year partnership project between the Mariposa County Arts Council and the Mariposa County Planning Department, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program, and supported by Atlas Labs, Inc., Smart Growth America, and the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation.

Creative placemaking offers a framework for art and design to promote both a more resilient rural economy, and a more inclusive, representative, and diverse set of stories about our community.

A hometown is what the locals make of it. We have the ability to create progressive conversation, rooted solidarity, and distilled passion. These elements lead to collaboration, and collaboration in a small town like this can lead to truly life-altering projects within the community.”

Submitted statement from the Creative Placemaking Community Survey, 2020

The Strategy recommends a suite of projects, programs, and policies to:

  • Promote a portfolio of authentic, engaging experiences that encourage tourists to stay in–rather than simply pass through–Mariposa en route to Yosemite. In turn, this will have a profound impact on local businesses and artists;
  • Increase community attachment and civic engagement by promoting equitable placemaking investments and production of placemaking deliverables that are more representative of Mariposa’s diverse and rich identity; 
  • Establish cross-sector partnerships between the arts community, government agencies, conservation and agricultural interests, tribal populations, human services organizations, and businesses to increase our community’s capacity to apply creative placemaking in support of our economy; and
  • Integrate creative placemaking efforts into existing and future infrastructure and other community assets.

On August 17, 2021 the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the Creative Placemaking Strategy and authorized county departments and agencies to pursue implementing its recommendations.