Cultural Asset Mapping in Niagara


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Presentation delivered by Rebecca Cann, Cultural Planning Supervisor, City of St. Catharines at The Ontario Rural Council's municipal cultural planning forum, "Economies in Transition" on November 17, 2008 in Brockville.

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  • Thank you very much. The City of St. Catharines has been a member of the Creative City Network of Canada since 2002, and at my first CCNC conference I was confronted with this notion of cultural asset mapping. As time went by, I started to have a better grasp on what it was, and to appreciate its value. I am sure you’ve had some definition already, but I thought I would share my informal perception of its value and import as a precursor to how we’ve done the work in Niagara
  • Cultural Asset Mapping in Niagara

    1. 1. Cultural Asset Mapping in Niagara Presentation for the Ontario Rural Council Municipal Cultural Planning Forum, November 2008
    2. 2. Welland Canal Lock 3 and the St. Catharines Museum, Niagara
    3. 4. The Heavy Eight, Rennie Park, Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines
    4. 5. Regional Culture Committee <ul><li>Goals/Purpose: </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>
    5. 7. Niagara’s CAM Process <ul><li>Establish Working Group and resource base </li></ul><ul><li>Define culture </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss purpose of CAM and long term sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Establish asset categories </li></ul><ul><li>Develop strategies for gathering information </li></ul><ul><li>Gather information </li></ul><ul><li>Correct and update information </li></ul><ul><li>Enter into GIS database system </li></ul><ul><li>Present findings and analyse </li></ul>
    6. 8. Who’s Doing the Work? <ul><li>Establish Working Group and Network </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure a variety of </li></ul><ul><li>sector reps, ie, music, theatre, visual arts, museums, libraries, heritage committees, educational institutions, cultural industries </li></ul><ul><li>Staff support? </li></ul><ul><li>Review geographical mix and coverage </li></ul>War of 1812 Re-enactment in Fort Erie, Niagara
    7. 9. Define Culture <ul><li>Arts – performing, written, visual and media arts </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural industries – the for profit sector </li></ul><ul><li>Heritage resources – buildings, collections, sites, stories and traditions </li></ul>Artwork by Carolyn Wren, photo by Sandy Fairbairn
    8. 10. Primary Categories <ul><li>Cultural Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Festivals and Events </li></ul><ul><li>Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Moveable Heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Human Resources </li></ul>Port Dalhousie Inner Range Lighthouse
    9. 11. Why CAM? <ul><li>Purpose: to better understand our community, articulate the extent of the sector and change perceptions towards culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy for First Phase: Undertake a broad mapping, with limited information (not a survey). </li></ul><ul><li>Longterm Strategies will include: collating information with culture-friendly sectors and industries, ie. wine industry, culinary attractions, educational opportunities etc. </li></ul>
    10. 12. Strategies for Information Gathering <ul><li>Who gathers what? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can you find some of this pre-existing information? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Niagara Premier Ranked Destination project database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chamber of Commerce business directories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other municipal databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Niagara database </li></ul></ul>
    11. 13. Collating Data <ul><li>One point person for data entry ideal </li></ul><ul><li>or . . . </li></ul><ul><li>On-line excel-based system for multiple contributors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid duplication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List alphabetically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drop-down lists for categories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drop-down lists for fields, ie. Street, City etc. </li></ul></ul>
    12. 14. Format – More important than you think! <ul><li>Street </li></ul><ul><li>St. </li></ul><ul><li>St </li></ul><ul><li>Str. </li></ul><ul><li>ON </li></ul><ul><li>On </li></ul><ul><li>Ont. </li></ul><ul><li>Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>PO Box 30, RR #1 </li></ul><ul><li>P.O. Box 30 R.R.#1 </li></ul><ul><li>RR#1, P.O. Box 30 </li></ul><ul><li>R.R. #1 </li></ul><ul><li>PO Box 30 </li></ul>
    13. 15. The Results? Presentation to Regional Council in November 2007
    14. 17. Uses of Asset Inventory <ul><li>Research and Development </li></ul><ul><li>Growth Management </li></ul><ul><li>Economic impact </li></ul><ul><li>On-line database </li></ul><ul><li>Marketplace Gap Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Districts and Neighbourhood Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Measure impact on crime reduction </li></ul>
    15. 22. Niagara’s Heritage Assets 1,064 buildings Designated Heritage Buildings in 7 municipalities 4, with plans for 5 more Heritage Districts
    16. 25. Artists By Region In Ontario <ul><li>2006 study by Hill Strategists Research </li></ul><ul><li>1,490 artists in Niagara, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>actors; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>artisans and craftspersons; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>conductors, composers and arrangers; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dancers; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>musicians and singers; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>other performers; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>painters, sculptors and other visual artists; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>writers. </li></ul></ul>
    17. 27. Tara Rosling in the Shaw Festival production of Saint Joan, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Photo by David Cooper. Thank you Rebecca Cann, Cultural Planning Supervisor City of St. Catharines 905-688-5601 ext 3158 [email_address]