Creative communities

Volume: 5 Issue: 9

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This month: a focus on communities and culture, including the report of a federal committee on cities and communities, a Saskatchewan briefing note on communities and culture, a presentation about the cultural development of Kitchener-Waterloo, and an American report on indicators of local cultural vitality.
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  • The federal External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities, led by former B.C. Premier Mike Harcourt, outlines four key dimensions in creating sustainable communities: economic, environmental, social and cultural.
  • A public forum in Saskatoon in September 2006, on which this briefing note is based, brought together a number of speakers to discuss "two powerful issues: the development of our cities and the nature of culture as a public good".
  • Kitchener-Waterloo
    This presentation by Kelly Hill, hosted by the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, examines how creating a vibrant cultural centre could assist in the Kitchener-Waterloo area’s goal of “moving from good to great”. There are three main components of the presentation: 1) the potential impacts of creating a vibrant cultural centre; 2) an examination of some key statistics on the artistic component of Kitchener-Waterloo; and 3) suggestions on what could be done in Kitchener-Waterloo to help create and maintain a vibrant cultural centre.
  • This report from the (U.S.) Urban Institute attempts to "develop and recommend an initial set of arts and culture indicators derived from nationally available data" and to compare some American metropolitan areas based on the indicators.