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Cultural Grants Program Proposed

Staff have included funding of $100,000 in the 2015 budget to be used towards a cultural initiatives reserve fund. The city has been working towards enhancing the culture program to facilitate opportunities for visual and performing arts, festivals, heritage, public art, and culture service providers. The funding will be managed by the culture service on an annual basis and be used in a multitude of ways to support culture including:
  • developing a cultural grants program
  • commissioning and maintaining public art in the city
  • supporting completion of items in the Cultural Action Plan
My Take:
I support the fund as a way to respond to the many requests for assistance from residents who are organizing cultural activities in our city – an independent film festival in March, and a pop-up festival of modern art in Village Square last September, to name a few. These events enhance our quality of life and in Ward 2 bring feet on the street to our shops, services and restaurants.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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