Port Colborne launches first Arts & Culture Master Plan

Port Colborne logoAt its meeting on May 9, 2016 Council adopted the City of Port Colborne Arts & Culture Master Plan. In developing the plan, Port Colborne joins leading municipalities across Canada in acknowledging the increasingly important role arts, culture and creative industries play in developing prosperous, diversified economies, and enhancing quality of life.

The Arts & Culture Master Plan sets out a guiding vision, a statement on the City’s role in cultural development, 22 objectives and more than 50 actions to be implemented over a 10-year period. The planning process began in August 2015 and involved extensive research including the development of a cultural inventory of more than 250 resources in Port Colborne. The process also included an extensive community engagement project that included a community survey, community forum, two high school workshops, interviews and focus groups.

The project was overseen by the Community Services Division and was guided by a Steering Committee composed of stakeholders and community members.

The Arts & Culture Master Plan will establish a guiding vision and long-term strategy to enrich the cultural life of the Port Colborne community. It will also define ways in which Port Colborne’s cultural assets may be leveraged to advance the City’s community development priorities.

“The planning process provided Port Colborne residents the opportunity to influence this completed plan and I encourage residents to inquire how they can assist with the implementation”, commented Deputy Mayor Bea Kenny. “Our hope is that community members continue to PORTicpate in culture as it provides meaningful opportunities for business, groups/organizations and various cultural stakeholders in Port Colborne”.

Cultural plans have been developed by a range of neighbouring municipalities including St.Catharines, Pelham, Niagara Falls, and the Region of Niagara raising opportunities for collaboration.

The Arts & Culture Master Plan is available on the City website by visiting www.portcolborne.ca.

Source – City of Port Colborne press release

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