Sylvan Lake launches Culture Master Plan process

The Plan will promote Sylvan Lake as a creative and vibrant community with rich and diverse cultural resources

The Town of Sylvan Lake is developing its first Cultural Master Plan. The Plan will promote Sylvan Lake as a creative and vibrant community with rich and diverse cultural resources and experiences that contribute to growing the local economy and enhancing quality of life.

The first step in the Cultural Master Plan is completing a process called cultural mapping, which develops an inventory of cultural resources within the community.

The next step is a community engagement process to seek ideas and input to help shape the vision, directions and priorities of the Cultural Master Plan. Input will be sought from Council and municipal staff, the area’s arts, culture and heritage community, the business community, and all interested community members.

“The Cultural Master Plan will establish a cultural vision for the Town as well as identify concrete strategies and actions to support municipal and community goals and priorities,” said Mayor Sean McIntyre on behalf of the Town of Sylvan Lake. “Creating the Cultural Master Plan is one of Council’s priorities for 2016, as noted in the Town’s Strategic Plan. We continue to plan for growth, while ensuring our residents benefit from a work-life balance that includes access to cultural programming, facilities, industries, and events. A society rich in culture is vital to a community and quality of life.”

Developing a Cultural Master Plan involves adopting a broad definition of cultural resources, which includes non-profit arts, culture and heritage organizations, cultural businesses and creative industries, creative occupations, cultural spaces and facilities, festivals and events, and cultural and natural heritage.

The Plan is scheduled to be ready for January, 2017.

***A community survey has been developed, and is now available to the public to share ideas and feedback, available at www.sylvanlake.ca/public_notices ***