Citizens’ Reference Panel Recommendations

The Citizens’ Reference Panel for Living a Creative Life produced a report containing 35 recommendations for the arts in Calgary. We invite you to read through the Panel’s seven vision statements below and click through to view their recommendations.
 

The arts in Calgary are for everyone

Vision: Calgary’s diverse and vibrant arts community welcomes and encourages Calgarians to experience the arts on a daily basis. Calgarians are inspired to continue to seek out new arts experiences.

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A holistic approach to arts learning

Vision: Calgary fosters and supports quality artists and skilled teachers and provides a variety of opportunities for residents to continue learning about the arts. Calgary is recognized internationally as a vibrant cultural centre and a place where residents demonstrate a deep appreciation for a wide range of art.

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Accessible, sustainable and integrated arts spaces

Vision: Calgary is renowned for state of the art facilities that include affordable and versatile production, rehearsal, and exhibition spaces. These spaces, to be located throughout the city, will promote artistic innovation and collaboration at both the community level and the professional level. Calgarians will be inspired to participate in a variety of arts-based activities.

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Integrating the arts in municipal governance

Vision: The City commits to building a more collaborative working relationship with arts leaders and institutions. City officials will demonstrate the importance of the arts in civic life by helping to remove and prevent barriers to public participation in the arts.

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Calgary welcomes, supports, and appreciates artists

Vision: Following its time as a 2012 Cultural Capital, Calgary is recognized as a thriving city that welcomes, attracts, and retains local, national, and international artists. Public and private investment provides artists with sustainable financial support and a strong sense of appreciation for their contribution to the city.

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Creating a network for better communication

Vision: Artists, policy-makers, and citizens share their respective knowledge, skills and assets through effective communication. networks. These networks foster Calgary’s reputation as a city for the arts and will increase a sense of pride and participation amongst Calgarians.

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Strengthening investment in the arts

Vision: Calgarians play a valuable role in maintaining the success and vitality of the city’s arts sector. The development of this sector is guided by a popular longterm strategy that ensures a sustainable level of investments. Funding mechanisms and investment are clearly and publicly communicated.

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