Cultural plan not driven by City Hall

The days of the community relying on the City of Kelowna to carry the ball when it comes to developing the arts and cultural scene in Kelowna are over, according to Sandra Kochan, cultural services manager.

Kochan said the arts and cultural staff she works with were all really excited to hear there is plenty of interest in community-driven initiatives within the arts scene once the city has clearly defined a direction it wants to take in its new cultural plan, due out this month.

“We were really encouraged to hear the community was saying this is something people want to have ownership of…and hear people saying: Tell us what the priorities are and we’ll go do it,” said Kochan.

Drafting the new cultural plan took roughly 18 months and included extensive public consultation.

The document is currently making the rounds within City Hall where management and staff affected by its recommendations will get time to digest the recommendations before it goes to city council.

It is expected to be in councillors’ hands in three weeks time, though an exact date is pending.



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