Today, I launched the Guelph Culture Map. Many thanks to the Province of Ontario, which provided nearly $71,000 through the Creative Communities Prosperity Fund.
It is exciting to note that we are now on our way to having a comprehensive inventory and database of the City’s cultural assets, including facilities, organizations, artists, festivals, and community stories.
The data that was collected has been mapped and used to create a free web-based tool that provides the City, its partners, citizens and visitors with a “one-stop-shop” for information about Guelph’s arts, culture and heritage resources and raises awareness broadly about the presence of culture throughout the community.
The Guelph Culture Map also makes it easy for artists and organizations to identify ways they can collaborate for mutual benefit. It will help strengthen networks, and connect venues with practitioners.
This data will help us direct our resources more effectively and provides us with a valuable planning tool for cultural and economic development.
With a clear picture of the local cultural sector, we are in a position to do a better job of supporting and growing that sector.