BYOC: Bring your own conversation

November 6, 2018
Public engagement

How do you envision arts, culture and heritage evolving in Kelowna over the next five years? The City of Kelowna is inviting individuals, organizations and businesses to “Host Your Own Engagement” event – and offering a grant for it.

“We’re looking for groups to have open and honest conversations about the Cultural Plan’s current goals, where the priorities are, what’s missing, and strategies to achieve those goals,” said Christine McWillis, Cultural Services Manager. “We’ll provide a toolkit to assist with the conversation, but the format for how the discussion takes place is open to the individuals or organization.”

As an incentive for hosting an engagement event, the City is offering a $250 to $500 grant. Grant amount will depend on the scope of the engagement event. Interested residents can learn more and apply online at under Cultural Plan. Applications will be accepted until January 10, 2019 and only successful applicants will receive a grant.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to attend an Information Session on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 1435 Water St. Registration is required, and can be done online at under Cultural Plan. The session will offer an opportunity to learn more about the grant and try out conversation starter activities.

Individuals and organizations can still host an event with the support of the “Host Your Own Engagement” toolkit and submit a report without receiving funds or sending an application.

In addition to the Host Your Own sessions, residents can fill out an online survey or add to the idea board at The online submission deadline has been extended to March 31, 2019 to align with the closing date of the Host Your Own Engagement sessions.

“We wanted to ensure we offered an opportunity for residents to voice any ideas or thoughts after the discussion took place,” said McWillis. “Quite often it’s not until you’ve had a lively discussion about a topic that the creative ideas really begin to flow.”

The City of Kelowna is also seeking youth and young professionals to participate in Arts, Culture and Heritage forums taking place in January, 2019. The Youth Forum is open to Kelowna grade 11 and 12 students who are enrolled in a class under the creative scope or actively pursuing an artistic discipline outside of school. The Young Professionals forum is open to Kelowna post-secondary students enrolled in a class under the creative scope or actively pursuing an artistic discipline outside of school. Interested individuals are invited to learn more and apply online at

For more information about arts, culture and heritage in Kelowna, visit