Local Governments Get Funding From Creative Communities

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2010 Legacies Now and the Province of British Columbia are providing $132,000 in Creative Communities funding to 14 communities to invest in developing arts and culture in their regions. This is the final round of funding for Creative Communities, a program that will leave a lasting arts and cultural legacy of the 2010 Winter Games that will be experienced throughout B.C.

Since 2005, the impact of Creative Communities has been felt in all four corners of the province as the Province of British Columbia and 2010 Legacies Now have invested $518,215 into 56 projects in 42 B.C. communities. In this final round of funding, recipients include local governments and arts organizations in regions spanning from Vancouver Island east to Lumby, and from the Lower Mainland north to Fort Nelson. For full details on the most recent recipients, please review the Fact Sheet.

"The Creative Communities program has been an integral component in linking culture and creativity to municipal planning in the Village of Pemberton," said Village of Pemberton Mayor Jordan Sturdy, a recent recipient. "This funding will allow us to develop a community-specific, place-based plan which will identify programs and services that can be developed and improved, and support the development of community partnerships."

Between 2005 and 2010, Creative Communities funding supported local governments and arts organizations to assess cultural resources together with community leaders and develop long-term cultural plans. Through collaboration, they enhanced cultural offerings and found opportunities to use the arts to meet social and economic objectives. Funding was made available in three categories: cultural mapping, cultural planning and cultural tourism strategy.

"Creative Communities builds on the excitement of the 2010 Winter Games by helping communities across B.C. express their unique cultural characteristics," said Kevin Krueger, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts for the Province of B.C. "By supporting the integration of cultural objectives into municipal planning our arts and cultural sector will continue to see benefits from the Creative Communities program for years to come."

Bruce Dewar, CEO of 2010 Legacies Now said, "Creative Communities was an innovative program that allowed communities to discover how arts, culture and heritage benefit their region. The result will be felt for years as communities recognize their specific strengths and find opportunities for these strengths to be used for the sector to grow."

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.