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Culture in Waterloo is defined as any form of human expression. This encompassing concept enhances quality of life for people to live, work, learn and play locally. The city recognizes the significant value that culture offers both in terms of quality of life and economic stability. The implementation of the culture plan will be based on principles of flexibility, integration and innovation. The goal areas and recommendations will be implemented through coordinated efforts between the city's economic development department and community stakeholders.

Culture plan implementation report card

The annual culture plan implementation report card provides a summary of the events/cultural programs, initiatives and collaborations that took place in Waterloo's cultural sector in 2016. The development of this report assists with evaluating the impact of culture plan implementation by reviewing progress, successes and challenges.

Culture plays a critical role in community vibrancy. This report provides an overview of the key elements that have contributed toward reaching the goals of the culture plan in 2016. It tells the story of connections between belonging, innovation and placemaking in Waterloo.

Download the 2016 culture plan implementation report card.

2016 highlights from the culture plan's six goals

Goal

Description

Highlights

1

Uncover and build community capacity for creativity, expression and cultural engagement.

 

The culture plan emphasizes that investment in culture is important but equally so is nurturing capacity for authentic cultural expression by creators of all kinds.

 

  • Municipal cultural working group formed
  • SpaceFinder Waterloo Region launch

2

Strengthen the community's cultural heritage identity by uniting Waterloo's past with its present and future through management and education.

 

The City of Waterloo has affirmed its commitment to heritage conservation and sharing local heritage identity through development of strategies to guide priorities.

  • Built heritage strategy approved
  • Grants for uptown heritage properties leveraged through community improvement program

 

3

Enliven streets, neighbourhoods, public and green spaces.

 

Providing opportunities for community building and cultural development in public spaces has been a focal point for people to gather together and to participate in shared experiences rooted in cultural expression.

 

  • Artist in residence program continued
  • Consultation for the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex expansion began
  • Collaboration with IPPW on Laurel Trail and harvest table projects

4

Enhance engagement of community diversity to build a stronger, shared sense of belonging.

 

A welcoming and diverse city helps to encourage skilled workers from around the world choose to work in Waterloo, and to stay in Waterloo.

  • Hosted two orientation events with University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Neighbourhood strategy consultation began 

 

5

Expand community awareness and appreciation of culture.

 

The City of Waterloo is improving community awareness of opportunities for cultural engagement and participation. The Arts & Culture team webpages and social media tools provide current information on the city's diverse cultural opportunities.

 

  • Increased following on social media channels

6

Foster collaborations in the culture sector.

 

Collaborations are integral to the success of the culture plan. The city is taking strides to strengthen relationships with other municipalities, all levels of government, education, key cultural organizations, community associations and business affiliates. The Arts & Culture team has also partnered with a number of key community organizations to successfully deliver specific cultural initiatives.

 

  • First annual Culture Summit held