The following is excerpted from a communication issued by the City of Kelowna.
How do you envision arts, culture and heritage evolving in Kelowna over the next five years? The City of Kelowna is seeking feedback from residents on the Cultural Plan update. Residents are invited to complete the survey and add to the idea board at getinvolved.kelowna.ca/cultural-plan until March 31.
“A thriving Cultural District in Kelowna is a result of the many contributions from residents and stakeholders in the initial Cultural Plan which helped to support enhancements to cultural programs, activities and events over the past five years,” said Christine McWillis, cultural services manager. “As we move forward, knowing how the community prioritizes the current goals will inform financial investments, build new or update facilities, or enhance programs and activities. We’re equally interested in hearing ideas about how we can work together to achieve these goals.”
In addition to the online survey, the City previously invited individuals and organizations to apply for grants to “Host Your Own Engagement” Event and awarded 14 grants earlier this month. Grant recipients hosting events on various topics are open to the public:
The Okanagan coLab - March 5 at 12 p.m. about venues and street performers
Inspired Word Café Society - March 7 at 7 p.m. about Literary Arts
Central Okanagan Heritage Society - March 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on history and heritage
New Vintage Theatre Society - March 24 at 10 a.m. on cultural spaces, places and activities
For details about the location of the events and how to RSVP, visit kelowna.ca/culture.
Residents and organizers unable to participate in one of the discussions, or interested in a topic not covered are still invited to host their own session and use the City’s conversation toolkit, available online. Final reports with the summary of findings are due March 31.
“We encourage residents to get involved in shaping the Cultural Plan in whatever format that best suits them,” said McWillis. “Whether you choose to fill out online survey, join an organization hosted discussion event or even host your own conversation about what’s important to you and your friends or coworkers; we appreciate your input.”
An update to the Cultural Plan is intended to respond to the changes and challenges facing the community’s cultural needs and set a direction for the next five years.
For more information about the Cultural Plan and ways to get involved at, visit kelowna.ca/culture.