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.

2020-2025 Cultural Plan Update

On September 16, 2019, Council endorsed the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan. This plan sets priorities for the enhancement of cultural vitality and community spaces and aligns with the Imagine Kelowna goal of an engaging arts and culture scene. This plan strives for a balance between being too vague in its priorities, therefore accomplishing little, and being too prescriptive, which would limit the ability to take advantage of new opportunities that may arise.

Most importantly, this plan sets a course for the entire creative sector to provide accessible, diverse and inclusive experiences, that uses resources effectively, leverages opportunities, is innovative and forward thinking and highlights the value of partnerships and cooperation.

The next phase of cultural development in Kelowna will bring about new programs, relationships, commitments and support.

Background:
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. The 2020-2025 Cultural Plan is a community document to pave the way for advancement of culture in Kelowna. As such, community initiatives led by various levels of government, arts & culture organizations, the business sector, funders, audience members and the general public to support the strategies will play a key role in the success of the plan.

Phase 4 - Launching the Plan - ongoing

Chat with the community and let us know what role you are going to play in the plan by participating in the discussion forum below!

If you want to share the plan with others and bind together to advance the goals and strategies of the plan, we have the perfect program for you! Stay tuned for more information on our Share the Plan grant program, coming late 2019.

Join us to kick off Culture Days and share the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan at the Culture Days Kick-Off Party. Free to attend, you can enjoy refreshments and entertainment as we kick-off a weekend of free, cultural fun!

  • September 27th
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Rotary Centre for the Arts - Atrium

Phase 3 - Confirmation & Commitment - July 19 - August 5, 2019

A draft of the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan Vision, Key Themes, Goals & Strategies was made available for public feedback in addition to several open houses that could be attended to review the plan and ask questions. The draft strategies were then presented to Council on August 12 and the completed plan will go to Council for final consideration in September 2019.

Phase 2 - Goals and Strategies - Completed

September 2018-March 2019

We sought community input on the 2012-2017 Cultural Plan's goals, how they are prioritized, and if anything needed to be added. We also collected feedback on strategies on how to work towards the goals - what can residents, organizations, businesses or what we can do.

Phase 1 - Visioning - Completed

July - September 2018

We sought your feedback on how the community defines and experiences culture. Questions focused on defining culture, what parts of culture are going well in Kelowna, where people participate in culture and any room for improvements. Survey responses helped us develop an understanding of what culture means to the community, what the community enjoys and what the community would like to see more of.

Thank you to everyone for your participation.

Supplementary Reports used in plan development:

Read more about the development of the City of Kelowna Cultural Plan.

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.

2020-2025 Cultural Plan Update

On September 16, 2019, Council endorsed the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan. This plan sets priorities for the enhancement of cultural vitality and community spaces and aligns with the Imagine Kelowna goal of an engaging arts and culture scene. This plan strives for a balance between being too vague in its priorities, therefore accomplishing little, and being too prescriptive, which would limit the ability to take advantage of new opportunities that may arise.

Most importantly, this plan sets a course for the entire creative sector to provide accessible, diverse and inclusive experiences, that uses resources effectively, leverages opportunities, is innovative and forward thinking and highlights the value of partnerships and cooperation.

The next phase of cultural development in Kelowna will bring about new programs, relationships, commitments and support.

Background:
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. The 2020-2025 Cultural Plan is a community document to pave the way for advancement of culture in Kelowna. As such, community initiatives led by various levels of government, arts & culture organizations, the business sector, funders, audience members and the general public to support the strategies will play a key role in the success of the plan.

Phase 4 - Launching the Plan - ongoing

Chat with the community and let us know what role you are going to play in the plan by participating in the discussion forum below!

If you want to share the plan with others and bind together to advance the goals and strategies of the plan, we have the perfect program for you! Stay tuned for more information on our Share the Plan grant program, coming late 2019.

Join us to kick off Culture Days and share the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan at the Culture Days Kick-Off Party. Free to attend, you can enjoy refreshments and entertainment as we kick-off a weekend of free, cultural fun!

  • September 27th
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Rotary Centre for the Arts - Atrium

Phase 3 - Confirmation & Commitment - July 19 - August 5, 2019

A draft of the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan Vision, Key Themes, Goals & Strategies was made available for public feedback in addition to several open houses that could be attended to review the plan and ask questions. The draft strategies were then presented to Council on August 12 and the completed plan will go to Council for final consideration in September 2019.

Phase 2 - Goals and Strategies - Completed

September 2018-March 2019

We sought community input on the 2012-2017 Cultural Plan's goals, how they are prioritized, and if anything needed to be added. We also collected feedback on strategies on how to work towards the goals - what can residents, organizations, businesses or what we can do.

Phase 1 - Visioning - Completed

July - September 2018

We sought your feedback on how the community defines and experiences culture. Questions focused on defining culture, what parts of culture are going well in Kelowna, where people participate in culture and any room for improvements. Survey responses helped us develop an understanding of what culture means to the community, what the community enjoys and what the community would like to see more of.

Thank you to everyone for your participation.

Supplementary Reports used in plan development:

Read more about the development of the City of Kelowna Cultural Plan.

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