POST WEBINAR DISCUSSION: Cultural Development in Rural and Remote Areas
On March 1st, Mass Culture hosted their second digital gathering in partnership with OTF. It was a deep dive into the issues and opportunities faced by cultural planners and arts organizers working in rural and remote contexts. It featured Annalee Adair, Cultural Planner and lead on the arts and culture master plan for Canmore and Felicity Buckell from Conseil des art Temiskaming Arts Council and SPARC (Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities). The conversation was facilitated by Bridget MacIntosh. Here’s the premise we started with:
Like their urban counterparts, rural communities across Canada must also prepare for the impacts of population growth over the next couple of decades. With possible amalgamations, rise of regionalism and shifts in local industry, how are rural and remote regions undertaking cultural development initiatives in their communities in a time of such unprecedented change?
How can cultural development in rural and remote regions serve as a touchstone to preserve what is unique about these areas?
How can it retain and attract artists and creative workers?
How are such initiatives building a foundation for future social and economic success?
Do you have questions or comments for us? Thoughts? We’d love to hear from you! In the comments section below you’ll find some of the reflections and resources shared in the chat box during the gathering.