Agency 6: Recreation and Arts
The community’s primary promise to participants is to provide them with an environment where they can live, work, and recreate in a way that safeguards their financial, social, and physical wellbeing. The community puts in place the infrastructure needed to do this, building a platform where participants can viably pursue sustainable prosperity.
A key cog in the endeavor to achieve these aims is a system that enables all people to engage in meaningful recreation and artistic expression. The Recreation and Arts Agency runs this system. The agency coordinates, facilitates and mobilizes participants to engage in recreational sports and arts. The agency plans, formulates, implements, and reviews policies to promote and sustain a high level of participation in recreational sports and arts.
The Recreation and Arts Agency is the sixth agency in the community. The agency forms the District Bureau together with Health and Nutrition (agency 4), and Life Planning (agency 5). It is served by an executive presidency, which plans, formulates, and reviews the agency’s policies and operational strategies. The agency is served at the district level by a district presidency for each of the 24 districts. The district presidencies implement policies and operational strategies. They also collaborate with the executive presidency to review and improve the agency’s operations.
The Recreation and Arts Agency’s core aim is to ensure that all participants engage in recreational sports and arts. The agency does not have the manpower capacity to do this. It harnesses the power of creating and empowering economic opportunities within recreation and arts as a way of encouraging limited partners to form businesses to offer classes and coaching sessions, thereby giving them an economic incentive to encourage participants to engage in these activities.
There are opportunities too for participants who may not need to engage in recreational sports and arts under the tutelage or facilitation of a limited partner who operates such a business. The participants can organize themselves, rent space and equipment from their village (through the human relations and business operations village presidencies respectively), and participate as they like.
The agency’s roles are achieved via an automated system that brings participants and businesses which provide recreational sports and art classes together. Additionally, the system also harnesses the expertise and information provided by the businesses to inform the community on the advantages of recreation, where these services can be obtained, the rates, and other relevant information.
Roles of the Recreation and Arts Agency
The Recreation and Arts Agency provides the ideal conditions to achieve universal participation in recreational sports and arts, as well as a welcoming economic environment where limited partners can start and sustain businesses offering recreational sports and arts training and classes to participants.
- Enhance the attractiveness of recreation and arts as a business opportunity
- Encourage universal participation in recreation and arts.
Making recreational sports and arts attractive to participant
Achieving universal participation in recreational sports and arts is not a mean feat, and the agency needs to have a well-planned strategy to achieve it. This is especially so when we consider that the agency only has a maximum of 100 public servants serving it, for only three hours a week. Even so, the agency can implement a number of measures to incentivize people to participate.
Through its automated system, the agency coordinates limited partners to ensure that all equipment needed by participants is available. Where this is not the case, the agency can assist limited partners to write business plans that request the Business Operations Agency to procure what is needed. Participants are likelier to participate when they can access all the equipment they need and are in good shape.
As part of its efforts to enhance the business environment for limited partners, the agency runs an automated system that lists not only their business information but also why the services they offer matter. The system repackages this information, using technologies including machine learning to show participants the importance of engaging in recreational sports and arts. The system provides the health, social, and economic benefits of participating. It also informs participants of how they can go about accessing these services, who offer them, how much they charge, and their reviews.
Lifelong learning and cultural exchange
The Life Planning Agency stresses the importance of lifelong learning as an important element in the quest to achieve social and economic prosperity. The Recreation and Arts Agency offers participants the chance to engage in lifelong learning by learning new skills or sharpening their talents. The agency achieves this by the information contained in its system, which it disseminates regularly through social media and other avenues so that participants are aware and encouraged to try out a sport or an art.
The agency also portrays recreational sports and arts as a powerful way of cultural exchange. Through cultural exchanges, participants find it easier to integrate socially into the community. Since this is important in their quest to form thriving businesses and social networks, they will be likely to join in these activities if the benefits are clearly laid out to them.
Boost and maintain business attractiveness
Participation by all can only be achieved if there are sufficient businesses that ease access to recreational sports and arts. The agency ensures that those limited partners who want to start or are already running businesses are competent not only in their respective professions but in handling their businesses properly. The agency offers automated training to the limited partners to make them competent trainers, instructors, and businesspeople and thereby ensuring their progress.
The Recreation and Arts Agency offers a powerful marketing system for limited partners to advertise their services. The system also gives them a great opportunity to stand out and engage directly with participants. They will have already received training on how to make good profiles, and how to market their services professionally and in a way that eggs on participants.
Limited partners are involved in the review of any regulations or strategic policies that affect their businesses. From time to time, they can make suggestions on what needs to be changed so that they can secure greater participation, and therefore more clients, how their businesses can be regulated better, and other details. Once passed on to the district presidency, the presidency considers what can be done, and advises the executive presidency accordingly.
The agency provides a platform through which limited partners in similar disciplines can interact, share ideas, and enrich the quality of their services. The agency encourages this, understands the symbiotic relationship that many recreational sports and arts share, and knows that a more rounded service offering to the people will boost participation, and the limited partners’ income.
The Recreation and Arts Agency is not focused on professional sports as a means of achieving its aims. Not all can participate in professional sports competitively. The business opportunities that professional sport provides are too few. Additionally, only a tiny fraction of the community will possess the talent and time to engage in these sports favorably.
In view of these, the community can assist those in professional sports including players, coaches, scouts, and business owners who run professional sports teams with training and an opportunity to interact and grow their businesses. Most competitive sports will be organized at the NewVista level (50 communities), where there is sufficient quorum and resources to compete professionally.
Offices and assembly seats of the executive and district presidencies
As the sixth agency in the community, the Recreation and Arts Agency’s executive presidency has offices in district building 6.
The agency’s district presidencies have offices in each of the 24 district buildings, as illustrated here.
There are four assembly halls in the community. Two are in district building 5, and another two are in district building 17. During the quarterly conferences, married men (A) use district building 5’s lower hall, while married women (B) use the same building’s upper hall. Single women (C) use district building 17’s lower hall, while single men (D) use that building’s upper hall.
The illustration below depicts district building 5’s lower hall (used by married men presidents during the quarterly conferences).