Foster Community Creativity and Engagement

Parker will stimulate community creativity and engagement through high quality cultural and educational programs and amenities. These will include family friendly community events, accessible cultural venues, state of-the-art facilities and innovative lifelong learning opportunities, all of which are vital to a creative community.

Civic-EngagementHistory, arts and culture are significant contributors to our hometown feel. We embrace community creativity and encourage our residents to be active partners in the cultural arts and enrichment opportunities. Our residents love to create, explore and participate in community activities, and cultural events ranked among the top five most highly-rated Town services in our recent Citizen Survey.

Our Town’s history provides a foundation for our community and establishes Parker’s unique cultural heritage. World-class cultural amenities feature local groups as well as national and international performers. Our art galleries showcase emerging and professional artists, and our diversity of public art helps create a distinct sense of place. Our community has access to a rich mix of literary and learning opportunities. Our cultural and recreation opportunities continue to keep our residents engaged in creative experiences, but also work to gain interest in the Town from around the state and nation.

Parker Arts frequently offers free concerts and events on the PACE Patio and in O’Brien Park featuring local, popular bands and world music. Our cultural education opportunities also continue to expand, with over 400 classes each year serving youth and adults. Offering a positive environment for creativity and engagement is a priority for the Town as a way to create a strong, connected community. 

This goal is also present in our continuing efforts to engage residents in our future planning and design decisions, and supports open communication and positive dialogue with our residents. Listening to our community members through citizen surveys, digital engagement, participation in public meetings and representation on our volunteer boards and commissions allows us to better understand the needs of our community.