Cultural Plan

As the fourth pillar of sustainability, the City of Kelowna takes culture seriously and desires to integrate it into all aspects of civic planning and life in Kelowna. To achieve this, a cultural plan (2012-2017) was developed to encourage and integrate local culture within all neighbourhoods of Kelowna. 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. 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 had an impact on the landscape of the Cultural District.

While the City realizes that as an organization it does not create culture, operating as a municipal government our role is to facilitate and promote culture by providing vision, goals and adopting strong policies. An update to the Cultural Plan is intended to respond to changes and challenges and set a direction for the next five years.

2020-2025 Cultural Plan Update

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

Cultural Plan Update

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 - Visioning - 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.

Cultural Plan engagement & timeline

Review the Report to Council to learn more about the Cultural Plan engagement process.

Cultural Plan Timeline

Forums - Call for participants

As part of the engagement process for the Cultural Plan, we are seeking youth (grade 11 and 12) and young professionals (post secondary student) for two forums on arts, culture and heritage:

  • Young Professionals Forum on January 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Youth Forum on January 31, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Interested participants must apply by Dec. 14. Review the qualifications and apply below.

Youth Forum

Qualifications

Applicants must be:

  • A Grade 11 or Grade 12 student enrolled in a class under the “creative” scope (i.e. art, band, creative writing, digital media, drama/theatre etc.), or actively pursuing an artistic discipline outside of the academic realm,
  • Resident of the city of Kelowna,
  • Available to attend the forum on culture, on January 31th, 2019 from 4pm-6pm,
  • Enrolled in a public, private, online, high school or alternative schooling at the same level,
  • Interested in pursuing the creative sector as a profession or as post-secondary education,
  • Willing to work collectively to improve the cultural landscape of Kelowna, and
  • Looking to be involved in a unique opportunity to give back to the community.

Time Commitment

In-person attendance at forum on culture
Time commitment: 1-day, 2-hour forum on culture

Purpose: learn more about the current state of culture in Kelowna, participate in engaging discussion with peers and industry leaders, and provide a direct influence in the design and implementation of new strategies.

Benefits of Participating

Participating in the Youth Forum will give you the opportunity to:

  • Shape the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan and the future of culture in Kelowna,
  • Give youth a voice on what is important in the creative sector,
  • An opportunity to network with industry leaders and learn more about what it’s like to work in the creative sector, and
  • A letter of participation to demonstrate community involvement and strengthen resumes and post-secondary applications.

Apply

  • Deadline to apply is December 14, 2018 by 4 p.m.
  • Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Successful candidates will receive an invitation from City of Kelowna Cultural Services on January 4th 2019. Only successful applicants will be contacted.
  • All applicants, successful or not, are encouraged to fill out the Survey at getinvolved.kelowna.ca/cultural-plan to express opinions on the Cultural Goals and Strategies.
Young Professionals Forum

Qualifications

Applicants must be:

  • A student enrolled in a post-secondary program in the “creative sector” (i.e. Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Music, Digital Arts, Fashion Design, etc.), or actively pursuing an artistic discipline outside of the academic realm,
  • A resident of the city of Kelowna,
  • Available to attend the forum on culture, on January 29th, 2019 from 4pm-6pm,
  • Currently studying at a post-secondary institution physically located in Kelowna,
  • Interested in pursuing the creative sector as a profession,
  • Willing to work collectively to improve the cultural landscape of Kelowna, and
  • Looking to be involved in a unique opportunity to give back to the community.

Time Commitment

In-person attendance at forum on culture
Time commitment: 1-day, 2-hour forum on culture

Purpose: learn more about the current state of culture in Kelowna, participate in engaging discussion with peers and industry leaders, and provide a direct influence in the design and implementation of new strategies.

Time allotted: 1-day, 2-hour forum on culture

Benefits of Participating

Participating in the Youth Forum will give you the opportunity to:

  • Shape the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan and the future of culture in Kelowna,
  • Give young adults a voice on what is important in the creative sector,
  • An opportunity to network and connect with industry leaders and learn more working in the creative sector of Kelowna, and
  • A letter of participation to demonstrate community involvement and strengthen resumes.

Apply

  • Deadline to apply is December 14, 2018 by 4 p.m.
  • Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Successful candidates will receive an invitation from City of Kelowna Cultural Services on January 4th 2019. Only successful applicants will be contacted.
  • All applicants, successful or not, are encouraged to fill out the Survey at getinvolved.kelowna.ca/cultural-plan to express opinions on the Cultural Goals and Strategies.
2012-2017 Cultural Plan

2012 - 2017 Cultural Plan

On October 31, 2011 council reviewed the plan and directed staff to move forward with non-monetary recommendations and return with recommendations from the plan during annual budget deliberations and as needs and opportunities arose.

Cultural Plan Goals

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As part of the update to the Cultural Plan, we'll also be creating a Cultural Report Card to assess the 2012-2017 Cultural Plan progress. You can view the Cultural Plan mid-term report to learn about progress made from 2012 to 2015.

Cultural Policy
Policy establishment & history

Cultural development in Kelowna began in the early 1970's when a committee formed to study the possibilities of developing a 'Cultural Arts Centre' in Kelowna. In 1989, a Mayor's Task Force was established to create our first cultural policy. Updated most recently in 2010, this policy gives form, support and provides direction for the cultural development in the city. 

Over the past 20 years, significant progress has been made to integrate arts and culture into overall community planning and deliver cultural services to residents and visitors.  Early work led to the establishment of a number of cultural facilities, the Cultural District, a granting process, and the establishment of a Cultural Services branch in 2001.