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Edmonton Arts Council’s 10-year Arts & Heritage Plan

2029: Building Edmonton’s Community Plan for Arts & Heritage 

In 2006, members of the arts and heritage community in the City of Edmonton came together in recognition that the economic boom in Alberta had increased the pace of development, creating a need for a proactive plan for the arts, heritage, and culture. The resulting plan, The Art of Living 2008-2018: A Plan for Securing the Future of Arts and Heritage in the City of Edmonton, spurred 17 arts recommendations and 11 heritage recommendations. The arts recommendations focused on space, education and mentorship, investments including grants, recognition, and integration of the arts into the civic fabric. The recommendations reflected the adventurousness, creativity, and optimism for the future of arts and heritage in Edmonton.

With The Art of Living reaching its end, the EAC, on behalf of the City of Edmonton, is preparing Edmonton’s next comprehensive 10-year Arts and Heritage Plan. Since implementation of The Art of Living, Edmonton’s creative communities have grown and advanced to become a model of cooperation and resilience. This new plan will leverage the work of the Art of Living, and will guide and strengthen the City’s planning, investment, and ongoing development of the arts and heritage sectors.

The new 10-year Arts & Heritage Plan will be unique to Edmonton, and will provide strong recommendations that will infuse the arts into every aspect of the civic landscape. To guide the new plan, the EAC has identified four key principles:

  • Inclusivity that reflects the diverse values of the communities of Edmonton
  • Leadership, excellence, and innovation in the arts and heritage communities
  • A collective responsibility for the arts and heritage
  • Strengthened economic security for the arts and heritage

How can you participate in the creation of the new plan? 

Public Community Engagement Sessions & Sector Specific Sessions

To ensure the success of the plan, we need input from Edmontonians. Community engagement sessions are being planned for all 12 wards of the city, and certain surrounding communities. Share your thoughts about the current state of the arts and heritage, and your vision for the next ten years.  To create a plan that is truly unique to our city, we want to know your fondest culture memories, the impact of the arts in your community, on your networks or for your cause, and your aspirations for the future of the arts in Edmonton. This is your chance to make your voice heard and help shape the recommendations that will guide the arts and heritage for the next 10 years.

Community engagement pop-up session schedule:

February 28, 2018  / 5:00-9:00pm /  Whitemud Crossing Library, 4211 106 Street

March 3, 2018  / 11:00am-3:00pm /  Terwillegar Recreation Centre, 2051 Leger Road

March 4, 2018  / 1:00-5:00pm /  West Henday Promenade Library, 818 Webber Greens Drive

March 7, 2018  / 5:00-9:00pm /  Lois Hole Callingwood Library, 17650 69 Avenue

March 10, 2018  / 11:00am-3:00pm /  Calder Library, 12710 131 Avenue

March 11, 2018  / 1:00-5:00pm /  Highlands Library, 6710 118 Avenue

March 14, 2018  / 5:00-9:00pm /  Clareview Recreation Centre, 3804 139 Avenue

March 17, 2018  / 11:00am-3:00pm /  Mill Woods Library, 2610 Hewes Way

March 18, 2018  / 1:00-5:00pm /  Meadows Recreation Centre, 2704 17 Street

We are also hosting a suite of in-depth facilitated conversations for arts and heritage organizations, artists, collectives, etc.  

Facilitated session schedule:

March 12, 2018 / 11:00am-1:00pm /  CKUA Performance Space, 9804 Jasper Avenue – Theatre/Performing Arts Session

March 12, 2018 / 6:00-8:00pm / ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave – Ward 8 Public Session

March 13, 2018 / 6:00-8:00pm / Manning Hall, Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square – Ward 6 Public Session

March 14, 2018 / 11:00am-1:00pm / CKUA Performance Space, 9804 Jasper Avenue – Festivals Session

March 15, 2018 / 6:00-8:00pm / CKUA Performance Space, 9804 Jasper Avenue – Music Session

March 16, 2018 / 11:00am-1:00pm/ Art Gallery of Alberta Theatre Lobby, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square – Public Art Session  

Not all engagement session dates and venues have been announced at this time, so keep an eye on the EAC Weekly for information on additional pop-up community engagement sessions and facilitated conversations with the arts and heritage sectors. 

If you require ASL interpretation or other assistance, please contact the EAC at [email protected] with the date and venue of the engagement session you will be attending.   

2029: Building Edmonton’s Community Plan for Arts & Heritage Website 

Keep an eye out for the YEG Culture Map website!

Launching at the end of February, you can also visit the Arts & Heritage Plan website – — as another way to share your memories and vision for the future of the arts and heritage. 

Have you experienced a performance or piece of art that really struck you, and you wish you could see more of that type of work? Is there a specific heritage activity or site that has been influential in shaping your story of Edmonton? You’re invited to share your experiences and explore the memories of others on our digital map of Edmonton, providing a visual representation of notable arts and heritage moments. 

On the website, you can also find the latest news about the Arts & Heritage Plan, sign up for the project newsletter, and sign up for the Online Engagement Community where you will be able to answer questions in greater detail about the topics important to you. 

Have any questions about the Arts & Heritage Plan or any of the engagement sessions? Feel free to get in touch at [email protected]

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