Council adopted the District of West Kelowna's Cultural Development Plan on July 23, 2013.
Council has deferred recommended action items within the plan to budget deliberations in 2015.
REASON FOR THE PLAN
West Kelowna has a vibrant and evolving culture, rich with aboriginal and pioneer heritage and flourishing with modern art, music, festivals and events.
Treasures of our cultural legacy are captured at the Westbank Museum. Today, our culture thrives through the works of dedicated and talented artists and musicians, who study and practice their unique crafts or who carry on ancestral skills. Modern festivals and events such as Art in the Park, Music in the Park and Westside Daze are establishing traditions that fill our parks and streets with life, laughter and excitement, creating vibrancy in our community and providing bases for artistic development.
The Cultural Plan is a guiding document for fostering, creating and implementing cultural development in the District of West Kelowna. The strategic document provides future direction, a vision statement, policies, priorities and actions for the District of West Kelowna. The plan includes an events and festivals strategy. The document guides and shapes West Kelowna's cultural priorities for the next 10 years.
West Kelowna Council was presented with a Key Findings Report stemming from the initial public consultation phases of the developing Cultural Master Plan.
At the January 22, 2013 meeting (click here to read the report) Council gave input on seven identified themes:
Define the Municipal Role
Better Connect Culture and Economic Development
Coordinate Responsibilities and Build Partnerships
Integrate Culture into Current Infrastructure Priorities
Increase Awareness and Expand Community Engagement
Support a Strong and Sustainable Cultural Sector
Expand Cultural Collaboration with Westbank First Nation
From this, draft of the Cultural Master Plan was created, honed and finally adopted.
Input from Council, provided in January 2013, and a public survey and Community Visioning Session, which occured in November 2012, were used to compile a draft plan, which was taken to Council for further input and direction. After accounting for further direction from Council, a final draft of the plan was created and presented for adoption in July 2013.
The Cultural Plan was connected and aligned to support West Kelowna's Official Community Plan and other relevant guiding documents. The plan brought focus to cultural planning, policy and development initiatives and provided a strategy for coordination/delivery of cultural events and/or festivals. In addition to broad community engagement, the plan sought participation and buy in from key cultural businesses and organizations and stakeholders in the community.
Consistent with leading practices in British Columbia and other parts of Canada, the plan embraced a broad definition of cultural resources as illustrated in the diagram below (click on image to enlarge).
While the strategies and priorities proposed in the final plan may not address all the resources in the diagram, the planning process was undertaken with this larger vision of culture and cultural resources in mind.
If you wish to learn more about the Cultural Plan, or if you have questions or comments, please contact the Recreation and Culture Department at: