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Algonquin Highlands - Cultural Plan
Project Date/Duration: 2012

View a sample of the official plan  Municipal Cultural Plan  (6.19MB)

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Although arts, heritage and the cultural community is subtle in Algonquin Highlands, culture is set to play a significant role in the future with new vitality and growth in cultural organizations, activities and community support. The municipality has supported a long list of cultural facilities, events, and businesses which form the foundation upon which culture can grow and thrive. Many local artisans are now able to make a living at their craft in home studios, small local galleries, online and with social media, and by association with the Haliburton School of the Arts. This cultural environment should be valued, supported, and protected as the social, environmental and economic benefits are immeasurable.   

According to the Ontario Ministry of Culture, culture is increasingly being recognized as essential to prosperous, livable and sustainable communities in the 21st century. The Ministry now recommends that when communities develop their municipal plans, they include culture as part of public planning and consider culture when planning for municipal priorities such as land use, tourism, youth engagement, economic development, transportation projects and downtown revitalization projects. In order to practice municipal cultural planning, municipal staff and elected officials work with the community to identify cultural assets. These cultural assets are then used to develop creative solutions to the community's economic, social and environmental needs and goals.  

The Township of Algonquin Highlands recognizes the fact that creativity and culture has the ability to build the local economy. In order to achieve this goal, The Township of Algonquin Highlands has embarked on an initiative to complete a Municipal Cultural Plan which leverages culture much more effectively than it has in the past. This Plan fully understands the changing composition of local culture and implements appropriate strategies and measurable actions to ensure that the cultural sector receives the attention, direction, investment, infrastructure and support services it requires to effectively respond to community building goals and aspirations. The Municipal Cultural Plan examines statistics, planning policies, cultural mapping and community input to create a cultural vision, identify opportunities and recommend actions to implement the vision, and establishes measures to ensure success.  

Through this project, the Township of Algonquin Highlands is well positioned to grow culture and tourism, as well as expand business development and investment. Moving forward, the community must make culture central in the decision-making process, reorganize and improve cultural amenities based on existing strengths, and increase cultural collaboration and partnership. As outlined in this study, a focus on community cultural strengths will support a creative economy, market an amazing community to the world and will pave the way for numerous new and exciting community opportunities for the Township of Algonquin Highlands. 

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