Cultural Plan 2020-2025

We recognize that culture is important to the wellbeing of the community, the quality of life for all residents and the economic vibrancy of the city. It helps to create a place where people want to live with celebrations, activities and spaces.

Over the next year, we'll be working to update the Cultural Plan, and we want you to be involved!

Phase 2 - Goals and Strategies - Sept. 21 to Dec. 31

We are seeking your input on the Cultural Plan's current goals, and how you prioritize them - and if you think there is anything missing from the goals. We also want to hear your ideas for strategies on how to work towards the goals - what can residents, organizations or the City do. Review the goals and their definitions, fill out the survey and post your ideas on strategies to help generate discussion.


Phase 1 - Completed

From July 16 to September 3, we were seeking your feedback to influence the Cultural Plan's vision. Survey responses helped us develop an understanding of the community's idea of culture, and what it means to them. We're currently summarizing the results and will post them once ready! The draw winner of the picnic basket was Vickie Gurney! Thank you everyone for your participation.


Background

Kelowna's first Cultural Plan was launched in 2012. Since then, significant progress has been made in implementing 2012-2017 Cultural Plan goals and strategies. Many organizations continue to thrive, and new organizations and venues have emerged. Cultural spaces are heavily used, with many at or near capacity. Major initiatives such as the Bernard Avenue revitalization, the Civic Block Plan, the relocation of the RCMP, completion of new parkades and the Okanagan Centre for Innovation have been achieved since 2012 and have had an impact on the landscape of the Cultural District.

Affordability for spaces for living, working and creating is an issue for many artists. In addition, key buildings in the City's inventory of cultural infrastructure such as the Kelowna Community Theatre and the Okanagan Heritage Museum continue to age, with mounting structural deficits, as new buildings go up around them.

An update to the Cultural Plan is intended to respond to these changes and challenges and set a direction for the next five years.

Cultural Plan Update
The 2012 - 2017 Cultural Plan set out 10 goals to foster a thriving, engaging and inspiring community.

The primary goal areas in the current plan are foundational statements which are not expected to significantly change in the updated 2020-2025 Cultural Plan; however, strategies to achieve these goals will be refined to reflect current and future states, and some goal areas will be repositioned as higher priorities.

2012-2017 Cultural Plan Goals


In addition to the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan, two reports will be created:

  • Cultural Report Card – tracking progress of the successes of the 2012-2017 Cultural Plan

  • Economic Impact Assessment – an update to the “The Creative Sector in Kelowna, British Columbia: and economic impact assessment” report (March 2010).

Imagine Kelowna - Imagine Next

Imagine Kelowna’s "connected" principle speaks to the goal of cultivating an accessible and engaging arts and culture scene. The goal specifically indicates the importance of the Cultural Plan to help guide the community, as we invest time and money in the infrastructure and organizations that supports arts and culture.

Official Community Plan

Additional coordination will be occurring between the Cultural Plan and the work being done on the Official Community Plan 2040.


We recognize that culture is important to the wellbeing of the community, the quality of life for all residents and the economic vibrancy of the city. It helps to create a place where people want to live with celebrations, activities and spaces.

Over the next year, we'll be working to update the Cultural Plan, and we want you to be involved!

Phase 2 - Goals and Strategies - Sept. 21 to Dec. 31

We are seeking your input on the Cultural Plan's current goals, and how you prioritize them - and if you think there is anything missing from the goals. We also want to hear your ideas for strategies on how to work towards the goals - what can residents, organizations or the City do. Review the goals and their definitions, fill out the survey and post your ideas on strategies to help generate discussion.


Phase 1 - Completed

From July 16 to September 3, we were seeking your feedback to influence the Cultural Plan's vision. Survey responses helped us develop an understanding of the community's idea of culture, and what it means to them. We're currently summarizing the results and will post them once ready! The draw winner of the picnic basket was Vickie Gurney! Thank you everyone for your participation.


Background

Kelowna's first Cultural Plan was launched in 2012. Since then, significant progress has been made in implementing 2012-2017 Cultural Plan goals and strategies. Many organizations continue to thrive, and new organizations and venues have emerged. Cultural spaces are heavily used, with many at or near capacity. Major initiatives such as the Bernard Avenue revitalization, the Civic Block Plan, the relocation of the RCMP, completion of new parkades and the Okanagan Centre for Innovation have been achieved since 2012 and have had an impact on the landscape of the Cultural District.

Affordability for spaces for living, working and creating is an issue for many artists. In addition, key buildings in the City's inventory of cultural infrastructure such as the Kelowna Community Theatre and the Okanagan Heritage Museum continue to age, with mounting structural deficits, as new buildings go up around them.

An update to the Cultural Plan is intended to respond to these changes and challenges and set a direction for the next five years.

Cultural Plan Update
The 2012 - 2017 Cultural Plan set out 10 goals to foster a thriving, engaging and inspiring community.

The primary goal areas in the current plan are foundational statements which are not expected to significantly change in the updated 2020-2025 Cultural Plan; however, strategies to achieve these goals will be refined to reflect current and future states, and some goal areas will be repositioned as higher priorities.

2012-2017 Cultural Plan Goals


In addition to the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan, two reports will be created:

  • Cultural Report Card – tracking progress of the successes of the 2012-2017 Cultural Plan

  • Economic Impact Assessment – an update to the “The Creative Sector in Kelowna, British Columbia: and economic impact assessment” report (March 2010).

Imagine Kelowna - Imagine Next

Imagine Kelowna’s "connected" principle speaks to the goal of cultivating an accessible and engaging arts and culture scene. The goal specifically indicates the importance of the Cultural Plan to help guide the community, as we invest time and money in the infrastructure and organizations that supports arts and culture.

Official Community Plan

Additional coordination will be occurring between the Cultural Plan and the work being done on the Official Community Plan 2040.