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Picture Your Waterloo

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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.

Work on implementation has begun with the formation of an internal inter-departmental implementation committee and the drafting of a cultural policy.

Culture plan implementation update

The implementation of the culture plan is a fluid process. The information below is updated on a monthly basis and provides a high level snapshot of progress.

Completed recommendations 
  • 1.1 Institute a culture policy for the City of Waterloo that reflects the community's vision.

  • 1.2 Explore strategies to support the addition of an arts & culture coordinator position in the arts, culture, festivals & events unit.

  • 2.1 Develop a strategy for built heritage, supported by a permanent heritage planner


  • 2.2 Develop a strategy that encompasses growth and long-term management for the

    City of Waterloo Museum & archival collections.

  • 2.3 Increase programming capacity to recognize heritage as a strong educational

    component of culture.

  • 2.5 Continue development of the series of provincial standards for community museums

    to support the City of Waterloo Museum.

  • 3.7 Establish a municipal artist-in-residence program.

  • 6.3 Organize and host a bi-annual cultural summit.

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