"Arts and culture make considerable and necessary contributions to the well-being of communities" (Creative City Network of Canada).
Many municipalities across North America have recognized that in addition to being fundamental to overall quality of life, arts, culture and heritage are vital assets for economic and social growth in our communities. As a result, many communities are now engaged in various forms of cultural development and renewal activities. Often this evolves through the establishment and integration of policies that are in keeping with overall Official City Planning, as well as broader municipal planning and management processes.
Our work supports community investment in 'place making' -- an approach that helps to enrich arts and cultural experiences and expression-- and contributes substantially to the overall quality of life and vitality of the community.