Growing the unique identity of Greater Sudbury
Municipal cultural planning is about building local economies through culture. It is a process of inclusive community consultation and decision making that helps government and stakeholders identify cultural resources and think strategically about how these resources can help a community achieve its civic goals.
A steering committee
of interested citizens and representatives of the Greater Sudbury arts community has been meeting since September 2013 to begin the planning process with support from municipal staff.
September 2013 was declared Arts Month in the City of Greater Sudbury. Citizens were invited to answer the question “what does local culture mean to you?” during Culture Days at The Market on September 28 and 29. Thank you to everyone who submitted creative works and written comments. A short video of Culture Days at The Market is available here.
2013 Cultural Days from GSDC on Vimeo.
March 2014 was dedicated to the first phase of public consultation in the planning process:
► an Oraclepoll Research telephone survey of Greater Sudbury residents to determine top of mind awareness of local arts and culture,
► one-on-one interviews with a total of 37 independent artists/cultural workers, professional arts and culture organizations, community arts and culture organizations, and arts educators, and
► focus groups with arts supporters and funders.
Residents will have an opportunity to join the discussion to support and grow the unique identity of Greater Sudbury during a citywide survey from Monday, April 14 to Monday, May 5, 2014.
All comments will be shared with the Cultural Plan Steering Committee. A second, more in-depth consultation period will follow so that the community can further contribute to the design of the Cultural Plan.
The development of the city of Greater Sudbury Cultural Plan will build upon work that has been done by the City as well as by other groups that have recently conducted studies and outreach sessions within the community. Existing resources include:
► Greater Sudbury Arts and Culture Charter, Grant Policy and Strategy (2006)
► Digging Deeper Economic Development Strategic Plan (2012)
► Healthy Communities Plan (2010)
► Downtown Master Plan (2012)
► Official Plan for the City of Greater Sudbury (2006)
► Ontario Arts Council Outreach session (October 2012)
► Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and Music + Film in Motion / Cinefest (July 2012)
► Ontario Trillium Foundation (December 2012)
► Arts Build Ontario and Work in Culture (May 2013)
► Industry scan and literature review
This page will be updated as the process to build a Cultural Plan for Greater Sudbury continues.