Project puts Guelph’s cultural sector on the map

GUELPH, ON, February 27, 2012 – The City of Guelph has been awarded funding to move forward with a Cultural Mapping Project, which will identify the tangible and intangible cultural assets that fuel our community’s cultural vitality and define Guelph’s unique cultural identity and sense of place.

“The McGuinty Government recognizes the value of Ontario’s rich cultural resources as an economic driver that enhances the quality of life for Ontarians in communities across the province,” said Michael Chan, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. “We are proud to partner with municipalities like the City of Guelph, helping to build upon current cultural assets and create opportunities for future growth.”

Cultural mapping is a systematic approach to identifying, recording and classifying a community’s cultural resources in order to describe and visualize them. It is widely recognized as an effective tool for both municipal and community-based planning and decision-making.

“Identifying Guelph’s cultural assets such as organizations, facilities, artists and festivals, with support from an Ontario Creative Communities Prosperity Fund will help us plan for future growth in Guelph’s important cultural sector,” said Liz Sandals, MPP Guelph.

Resources to be mapped include artists, organizations, and facilities, built heritage, public art, festivals, and community stories. Making use of Geographic Information System (GIS) tools and platforms, the data collected will be used to create a cultural web portal – a one-stop-shop for information relating to arts, culture and heritage resources in Guelph.

“The City of Guelph recognizes that creativity, culture and quality of place are major drivers of sustainable community development. This project will help us to understand what and where these resources are so we can more effectively support cultural sector growth,” said Colleen Bell, Executive Director of Community & Social Services for the City of Guelph.

Funding for this project has been provided by the Province of Ontario through the Creative Communities Prosperity Fund. The City has also partnered with the Guelph Arts Council and the Guelph Chamber of Commerce.

The City will launch the project with a series of public workshops in the coming months.

For more information

Astero Kalogeropoulos, Arts and Culture Program Officer
Arts and Culture, Community and Social Services
T 519-822-1260 x 2629