The following message (my thanks to David Juliusson for passing it along to me) is from the Government of Ontario:
Help Develop Ontario’s First Culture Strategy
Government Hosting Culture Talks Across the Province
Ontario is seeking input from across the province to develop its first culture strategy, which will set out a vision for arts and culture in Ontario to build healthier, more vibrant and prosperous communities.
Culture in Ontario can include everything from our heritage, traditions, and identity, to creative arts including music and film, to public spaces including libraries, museums and historical sites. Culture is also continuously evolving. Changing demographics, the economy and the influence of digital technology are having a profound impact on culture in Ontario. The new culture strategy will help ensure that support for culture reflects these changes, while giving Ontarians a chance to tell their stories and share what arts and culture mean to them.
Hearing from you is important. Ontarians are invited to get involved in Culture Talks by:
Attending one of the town halls across the province
Sharing ideas on the new Culture Talks website
Using #ONCulture on Twitter.
Consultations, which will include First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, will run until December 7, 2015.
The government has also brought together a Culture Strategy Advisory Group, which will provide expertise and diverse perspectives on the role of culture in Ontario and the development of the culture strategy.
Supporting arts and culture in the province is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.