Seeking Arts, Culture and Heritage’s future voices

November 13, 2018
Public engagement

It’s estimated that the local creative sector generates more than 1,700 jobs and has an economic output of more than $140 million annually. These numbers are anticipated to increase as cultural organizations continue to grow and thrive, and new ones emerge.  As the city cultivates an accessible and emerging arts and culture scene, it’s important that the future voices of the sector have an opportunity to get involved.

The City of Kelowna is seeking participants for two arts, culture and heritage forums: a Youth Forum on Jan. 31, 2019, and a Young Professionals Forum on Jan. 29. The forums are open to Grade 11 and 12 students (youth forum) or post-secondary students (young professionals forum) enrolled in a class or program under the creative scope including but not limited art, band, creative writing, digital media, theatre, photography, or are actively pursuing an artistic discipline outside of school in Kelowna.

“Kelowna’s arts, culture and heritage will be advanced by today’s young professionals and youth,” said Christine McWillis, Cultural Services Manager. “We’re seeking participants for our forums who are active in creative programs, and ideally those who want to continue on to careers in the creative sector.”

Benefits of participating include helping to shape the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan, an opportunity to network with industry leaders and a letter of participation demonstrating community involvement.

Each forum will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Interested applicants can apply online at under Cultural Plan by 4 p.m. Dec. 14. Successful candidates will be contacted by Jan. 4.

For those who are outside of the forum’s applicant criteria, the City is also seeking individuals and organizations interested in participating in ‘Host Your Own Engagement’ events. The City is offering a grant incentive of $250 to $500 depending on the scope of the event. Residents are encouraged to register for the Information Session on Nov. 29, or learn more or apply online at under Cultural Plan.

In addition, residents can fill out an online survey or add to the idea board at until March 31, 2019.

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