2020-2025 Cultural Plan
Council endorsed the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan on Sept. 16, 2019. 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. Most importantly, this plan sets a course for the creative sector to provide accessible, diverse and inclusive experiences, use resources effectively, leverage opportunities, and be innovative and forward thinking. The plan also highlights the value of partnerships and cooperation.
The next phase of cultural development in Kelowna will bring about new programs, relationships, commitments and support.
We all have a role to play, what's yours?
Cultural Plan Progress Report Card
The bi-annual Cultural Plan Progress Report Card reviews the progress made toward strategic outcomes in the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan. This report card covers a period of unprecedented challenges and uncertainty.
Get inspired by the by the artists, performers, community leaders and citizens that have helped to shape our Cultural Plan progress to date.
With support from the University of British Columbia Okanagan, we used data analytics and machine learning to identify trends, patterns and insights into citizen's engagements with culture in Kelowna from an unbiased lens. These outcomes helped developed the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan.
In support of the development of the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan, a consultant was hired to complete an economic impact study of the creative sector of Kelowna. The assessment includes analysis of available statistical data, a confidential online survey and information from public sources to generate estimates of employment, revenue and income.
Key highlights from the report include:
- Kelowna’s creative sector more than doubled in size from 2009 to 2018
- 1.5 million people per year, or just over 4,000 people per day on average, attend some type of cultural facility or event
- 3,168 full time employees work in the creative sector, up from 1,279 in 2009
- 60% of those working in the creative sector are self employed
- In 2018 alone, 380,000 volunteer hours were contributed to arts, culture and heritage organizations
- There are 626 creative sector establishments in 2018, up from 342 in 2009
- The creative sector saw an income growth of 43% from 2009-2018
The Cultural Plan is an opportunity to increase the visual presence of syilx creativity in our community. Therefore, as part of the process of engagement for the Cultural Plan, we initiated a conversation with Carrie Terbasket of Stands Above Consulting, who supported us to begin this journey of open dialogue and discussion with the syilx arts and culture community.
The purpose was to receive guidance toward establishing meaningful and deliberate syilx/Okanagan inclusion within the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan through applicable background information and recommendations for consideration. The scope of work was limited to recommendations specific to the advancement of arts, culture and heritage by the creative sector of Kelowna (inclusive of the City of Kelowna as an entity).
It’s acknowledged that this work is only a starting point to the commitment and long-term organic process by the arts and culture sector toward reconciliation. The report is only intended as input and the recommendations are considered along with all feedback received from the community. The importance of partnership with our First Nations is a worthwhile and a long-term commitment to relationship building.
The Cultural Facilities Master Plan (CFMP) builds on prior efforts to strengthen commitment to cultural facility development.
Learn more about the CFMP on our Cultural District page, or view the full Cultural Facilities Master Plan here.
Kelowna's first Cultural Plan (2012-2017) was launched in 2012 to encourage and integrate local culture within all neighbourhoods of Kelowna. Starting in 2018 through to July 2019, we reviewed the progress made based on the plan’s goals. Based on our findings, we produced the 2012-2017 Cultural Plan Report Card to demonstrate the progress our community has made toward achieving the goals of the 2012-2017 Cultural Plan.