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Love your City -- Cultural Policy and Plan

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Current Project Status: Deadline for Applications for the Cultural Plan Roundtable has closed

Council approved the Cultural Plan Roundtable Terms of Reference, which was presented at the General Issues Committee (GIC) on March 19, 2014 and approved by Council on March 26, 2014.

The Cultural Roundtable strives to act as a catalyst to build community capacity in culture and a shared responsibility for culture.

For details, download the "Cultural Roundtable: Terms of Reference" (PDF)

The City thanks the many residents who applied to join the Roundtable; people who have been selected will be contacted in June.

Cultural Plan Approved

The culmination of the Love Your City project is the City of Hamilton’s Cultural Plan, which was presented at the General Issues Committee (GIC) on October 16, 2013 and approved by Council on October 23, 2013.

Focus will now shift to implementation with the preparation of detailed work-plans and the assembly of a Cultural Roundtable to oversee the plan.

What Is Culture - Conversation Starter Video

What is Culture and Why Does it Matter? (Video opens in YouTube) (Transcript pdf) 
This video acts as a conversation starter and raises awareness about the importance of Culture in Hamilton. The video was developed by local animation company, Topic Simple and features local musical talent, The Rest. 

Phase 3 - Draft Cultural Plan

Public Workshop - Transforming our City through CultureThe final Public Workshop was held on Monday, May 13, 2013. More than 130 people attended the two workshops.

Phase 2 - Cultural Policy

Phase 2 resulted in the development of Hamilton’s Cultural Policy. The policy is based on broad community engagement. More than 2,100 citizens were engaged. The vision statement for culture was written, word for word, by the Citizens’ Reference Panel.

Report to Council (PED12117) - June 20, 2012 (pdf)
This document includes:

  • Cultural Policy Report (PED12117)(City Wide)
  • Appendix A –Citizen’s Reference Panel Report
  • Appendix B – Cultural Policy

Citizen's Reference Panel Video (opens in YouTube)
This video explains one key process used in phase 2 to engage citizens as input into the Cultural Policy.

Phase 1 - Community Profile - Cultural Mapping

Phase 1 involved the development of a baseline inventory of Hamilton’s cultural assets using a process called cultural mapping. The cultural mapping work produced a systematic database and spatial mapping of cultural resources in Hamilton using the City’s GIS system, and also provides a tool for continuously updating and expanding this data. The OCC Phase 1 Report makes recommendations on how the City can implement cultural mapping as part of ongoing planning and economic development efforts. 

Report to Council (CS10057) - June 18, 2010 (pdf)
All recommendations were approved by Council (Read minutes)

Appendix A - OCC Phase 1 Report - May 1, 2010
Report produced by AuthentiCity for the Culture Division, Community Services Department, City of Hamilton.

"This report is quite simply the best example of this work that I have seen in any country in the world to date. And, I have seen a great many in 5 continents.
Colin Mercer Internationally respected consultant and cultural planning pioneer.

OCC Phase 1 Report - documents are Adobe Acrobat format (pdf)


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