Niagara Culture Plan

Niagara Culture Plan - Economy, Places, People, Identity

Appendix 1 - Cultural mapping summary report.

Appendix 2 - Planning context reports

Appendix 3 - Ideas for implementation

Appendix 4 - Glossary of terms

Benefits of a Culture Plan

The cultural sector doesn't exist on its own, but acts in partnership with our economic, social and ecological sectors. A vibrant culture provides many benefits, including:

  • A climate of innovation that attracts youth and a talented and creative workforce
  • New partnerships and initiatives with business and political leaders, and potential for new business and investment
  • The ability to share and learn about other cultures, beliefs and traditions
  • Volunteerism, co-operation and future cultural expression
  • Healthy, vibrant communities for the benefit of residents and visitors
  • Engagement with the community, and further capacity to strengthen and diversify the existing cultural base
  • Opportunities to redevelop abandoned or underutilized lands to revitalize our existing communities, while providing transportation options that can contribute to cleaner air and a healthier environment
  • Preservation and reuse historical resources that strengthen the sense of place while lessening waste
  • Integration and exploration of urban and rural landscape through trails, open spaces, cultural resources and facilities
  • Recognition that our climate, location and key features have had a dramatic effect on our history and current practices and work to conserve them for the future or serve as a backdrop for cultural works (public art, performances)

Niagara Investment in Culture Incentive Program

This program invests in Niagara municipalities and non-profit cultural organizations to help deliver innovative Niagara-based projects.

Learn about the Niagara Investment in Culture program

Economic Impact of the Cultural Sector

An economic impact study was done in 2013 to better understand the cultural sector. The study involved an online survey, workshops, community engagement sessions and background research.

For the purposes of this assessment, the culture sector includes: people, places, history, expression and play. Project participants came from all 12 local municipalities and represented a full range of organizations and individuals in the sector.

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