Bill Bulick joined Creative Planning, Inc. in 1999 after nearly 20 years in non-profit and arts management. From 1989-99 he was Executive Director of the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, Oregon. During his tenure the agency initiated the first comprehensive regional cultural planning process in the US. Over the next eight years, as a result, the agency quadrupled in size to a budget of over $4 million and 20 full time staff, launched major, nationally recognized arts in education, neighborhood arts, youth at risk, public art and cultural tourism initiatives and completed an historic "reinvention" from a City bureau to an autonomous non-profit organization serving the entire three-county Portland metropolitan region. Bill was formerly the founding Program Director of Pioneer Courthouse Square, a nationally recognized urban public plaza, Producing Director of the World Music Festival and Artichoke Music Concerts and a folk music performer.
Bill has a particular expertise in community cultural planning and associated policy, program design, advocacy and community partnership activities. He has led or co-led cultural planning in over 20 communities or states, including Austin, Tucson, Minneapolis, Kelowna, BC, Charlotte, Spokane, Monterey County, Santa Cruz, Newark, NJ, Lake Tahoe, San Mateo County, California, Cincinnati and Washington State. He headed the 10 year launch and implementation of Portland’s Arts Plan 2000+ as Director of RACC. Bill wrote the forward to the Americans for the Arts 1998 publication, Community Cultural Planning, A Guidebook for Community Leaders.
Bill also has extensive experience with broader based community planning through involvement in all of Portland’s major planning efforts over the last 20 years and in integrating cultural planning into broader based plans in other communities. Bill is pioneering efforts to bridge cultural planning with creative economy/community strategies highlighted by the work of Richard Florida, Ann Markusen and others. Bill was a participant and facilitator at Florida’s Memphis Manifesto Creative 100 Summit and was lead author and editor of the Americans for the Arts Monograph, Cultural Strategies for Creative Communities. In 2005, he was invited to speak to the Canadian Prime Minister’s External Committee on Cities and Communities about integration of cultural strategies into Canada’s urban policies and frameworks. He is currently working on a monograph on GIS based cultural mapping with two Canadian colleagues.
As an internationally recognized local arts agency leader, Bill Bulick brings decades of experience in trouble-shooting local politics and the successful design and implementation of the full range of cultural programs and partnerships. He has consulted extensively with education and youth development organizations, networks and funders to design programs, strengthen planning and evaluation, craft policy and advocacy frameworks and design “best practices” training and “shared learning” tailored to their needs.
Bill Bulick is a former member of the Americans for the Arts Policy Board, Governing Board and Executive Committee, a former member and chair of several National Endowment for the Arts program and policy panels and former President of the U.S. Urban Arts Federation. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on the topics of cultural planning, community/arts intersections, youth programs, regional development, public/private partnerships, advocacy and cultural policy.