City of Kelowna Receives $19,900 to Develop Cultural Plan

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The City of Kelowna will develop a three-to-five year cultural plan using $19,900 in funding from the Creative Communities program, supported by 2010 Legacies Now and the Province of British Columbia. Once complete, the cultural plan will integrate cultural objectives into municipal plans that impact the community, land use and economic development.

Creative Communities supports local governments and arts organizations to understand their cultural assets and identify strengths and challenges in their arts and cultural sector. In 2006, the City of Kelowna received $15,000 through Creative Communities to complete a cultural scan of its arts and cultural assets and to determine where gaps existed. Building on this information, it will now create a forward-looking cultural plan.

"We have a good foundation in place for a city our size," said Sandra Kochan, Cultural Services Manager with the City of Kelowna. "I'm very interested in hearing what our community has to say about getting to the next level of cultural development, and what the priorities are going to be. There's a sense of dynamism here and it feels like we're on the cusp of something quite exciting. The support from Creative Communities in both phases of our project has been essential in moving this forward."

Together with the Province of British Columbia, 2010 Legacies Now has invested more than $300,000 into 42 Creative Communities projects around the province, and $3.9 million in the arts overall through its contribution programs. Funding under Creative Communities is available in three categories: Cultural Mapping, Cultural Planning and Cultural Tourism Strategy with the goal being to use arts and culture to achieve social and economic objectives.

"Cultural Planning gets to the heart of a community's identity," said Kevin Krueger, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. "The Creative Communities program is a great way for communities to build on the success of the Olympics, express their own unique cultural characteristics, and support the growth of the arts and culture sector in B.C."

"The City of Kelowna is taking a strategic step in cultural development by drafting a cultural plan," said Lori Baxter, Director of Arts at 2010 Legacies Now. "This will provide the local cultural community a central point for its long-term vision."

Creative Communities assisted local governments to take stock of their cultural assets and identify strengths and challenges in their local arts and cultural sector. The program also guided governments through community consultations to determine how and where to expand local arts and cultural programs and projects.

Funding was available for these cultural mapping and cultural planning processes to help communities discover a cultural identity that is unique to them and expand it into a viable part of community life. The program was supported by the Province of British Columbia.