Niagaras Journey Towards A Culture Plan Nov 17


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Presentation give by Terri Donia, Planner, Region of Niagara, at the November 17th "Economies in Transition Forum" in Brockville.

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  • Niagaras Journey Towards A Culture Plan Nov 17

    1. 1. Niagara’s Journey Towards a Culture Plan Presented by Terri Donia TORC Municipal Cultural Planning Forum November 17 th , 2008
    2. 2. Governance Issues <ul><li>Two-tier structure </li></ul><ul><li>Little mandate at Regional Level for Culture Planning / Programming </li></ul>
    3. 3. Yet… <ul><li>Region provides Smart Growth Incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Strong political advocacy for culture </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to maintain ‘Sense of Place’ in communities </li></ul><ul><li>Historic Places Summit </li></ul><ul><li>Events / Projects e.g. Niagarapalooza </li></ul>
    4. 4. Need for… <ul><li>Coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitation </li></ul><ul><li>Coming together as a group </li></ul><ul><li>Larger Issues (e.g. Welland Canals Heritage Corridor) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Creation of Culture Committee <ul><li>Created in 2006 with the following goals: </li></ul><ul><li>To advise the Regional Municipality of Niagara regarding ways to enhance arts, culture and heritage in the fulfillment of its responsibility to its citizens. </li></ul><ul><li>To act as advocates on behalf of the arts, heritage and cultural sectors. </li></ul><ul><li>To develop a Cultural Policy and Strategy that is endorsed by Regional Council. </li></ul>
    6. 6. How to Achieve Goals? <ul><li>Need an understanding of the existing situation </li></ul><ul><li>Need to determine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of existing cultural sector </li></ul><ul><li>Need to ensure that the efforts dovetail with other programs of the Region – sustainability </li></ul>
    7. 8. Municipal Cultural Planning <ul><li>Provincial Process </li></ul><ul><li>Provides integration with other sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Provides an overview of existing assets </li></ul><ul><li>Can provide an action plan of where to go and how best to get there </li></ul>
    8. 9. Cultural Policy Development Cultural Asset Mapping Build on Regional Strengths Identify Gaps and Opportunities Culture Plan and Implementation
    9. 10. Where are we now? <ul><li>CAM </li></ul><ul><li>Culture Plan </li></ul>
    10. 13. Culture Plan Process <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops – SWOT Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Initial Goal Setting </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation of a Terms of Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Consultant Hiring </li></ul><ul><li>Work plan Finalization </li></ul><ul><li>Expectation of Completed Culture Plan </li></ul>
    11. 14. Goals of Culture Plan <ul><li>correlate pillars of a sustainable and healthy society </li></ul><ul><li>realize the potential </li></ul><ul><li>identity & local pride </li></ul><ul><li>build Niagara’s cultural infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>sustain and enhance cultural industries </li></ul><ul><li>increase opportunities and community interaction </li></ul><ul><li>comprehensively analyze the cultural sector </li></ul><ul><li>recognize the power of culture to stimulate imagination, promote creativity </li></ul><ul><li>improve resource base for the cultural community </li></ul><ul><li>raise the profile of culture </li></ul><ul><li>articulate the role of culture as an economic driver </li></ul><ul><li>outline programs, especially those that tie to other initiatives of the Region e.g. artsVest Niagara Public Art Program </li></ul>
    12. 15. Culture Plan Deliverables <ul><li>short, medium and long-term actions, </li></ul><ul><li>communication / facilitation strategy </li></ul><ul><li>best practices / strategies for the Cultural Asset Mapping database </li></ul><ul><li>a preliminary economic impact analysis of sector </li></ul><ul><li>a defined role for the Region in culture </li></ul><ul><li>recommendations for other research deliverables </li></ul>
    13. 16. Where are we now? <ul><li>Hired Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Initial Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing Committees </li></ul><ul><li>Background Information </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Branding Exercise </li></ul>
    14. 17. Next Steps <ul><li>Expected timeline 8-12 mos. </li></ul><ul><li>Community consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Council Adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of Components into Policy and Actions </li></ul>