2015 Engagement

March 21 & 22

On Performing, An Arts Symposium

This event was held at the Mackenzie Art Gallery and in attendance were over 150 participants representing 60 performing arts organizations from across the city. The event provided various networking opportunities and the forum “Collaborate and Create: Building New Works Together” allowed creators and performing arts professionals to share and discover new performing arts projects. The Keynote Speakers, Inga Petra, “Co-Creating a Culture of Place” and Shannon Litzenburger, “Supporting a New Era of Arts Development in Canada”, both of which were kindly funded by the Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport, Government of Saskatchewan, helped to make this arts-centred event a success.

“On Performing, An Arts Symposium” was further comprised of various sessions, including a conversation on “Possibilities of Space” and a workshop series called “Making and Changing Space,” which included sessions on community engagement, diversity and collaboration, and social media interaction. These sessions shaped the Cultural Plan’s discussions on performing arts.

April 21

Cornwall Centre: Public Session

A public session held at the Cornwall Centre attracted many participants who were up-dated on the progress of the plan. Some of the key themes for discussion included:

  • The growing diversity of the city
  • The need for inter-cultural dialogue
  • Better collaboration amongst cultural groups
  • Strengthening cultural industries as a driver to economic diversification
  • Enhanced investment in cultural tourism
  • Revitalizing and enhancing cultural heritage resources

The dialogue generated around these various themes provided integral feedback that was incorporated into the Cultural Plan.

 

April 10 to May 11

Online Survey

To increase public feedback on the Cultural Plan, the City implemented an online survey. In addition to the public providing feedback on the plan, its goals and objectives, this survey told us that 84 per cent of the public agreed or strongly agreed with the overall direction of the Cultural Plan.

 

April 23

Roundtable: Indigenous peoples

Indigenous Elders and Indigenous-based organizations participated in a stakeholder’s roundtable at Albert-Scott Neighbourhood Centre. The Cultural Plan was discussed in general, but specific objectives that support and impact Indigenous peoples’ cultures were also discussed. A summary of the conversations follows, organized into the following themes:

  • Engaging and working with the Aboriginal community with a holistic worldview
  • Strong corporate support for supporting Indigenous cultures
  • Build understanding, education and awareness between newcomer and Aboriginal communities
  • Enhanced recognition of Indigenous peoples as original occupants of the region through signage, “place names”, and social media presence
  • Elder’s knowledge be documented
  • Traditional and contemporary Indigenous art and culture be made available to youth

These conversations provided important feedback to the various Goals, Objectives, and Actions found throughout the Cultural Plan concerning Indigenous cultures and traditions.

 

March to May

One-on-one interviews

Over the course of these months, many meetings were held with the executive directors and staff with 31 different cultural centres, cultural and economic development agencies, different levels of government, cultural enterprises, and arts organizations. At these meetings, the draft of the Cultural Plan was presented and there was opportunity for the participants to speak about the Goals, Objectives, detailed Actions and the requirements to ensure effective implementation of the Plan’s ideas.  These discussions were captured and incorporated into the current draft of the Cultural Plan.

 

March to May

Internal meetings: various departments

During these months, various internal City of Regina departments and City Councillors were consulted on the Cultural Plan.  These departments include:

•    Strategy Management
•    Facilities
•    Development Services
•    Community Services
•    Planning

 

May 7

Roundtable: Art class at Campbell Collegiate

The Cultural Plan was presented to art students from Campbell Collegiate. The students were introduced to the aspirations of the Plan and were solicited for their feedback on the kind of Regina they hoped would emerge from the Plan in the future. As young artists may be impacted by the Cultural Plan, their vision and input is integral to producing a viable and flexible Plan.

 

May 19

Roundtable: Older adults

Older adults and organizations that represent this community joined a round table to discuss the plan. The conversation and feedback centred on various themes, including:

  • Valuing cultural heritage
  • Developing cultural identity
  • Enhancing the cultural economy
  • Better public education on culture
  • Ensuring accessibility of cultural spaces

The feedback from these discussions was incorporated into the Cultural Plan rewrite.

 

May 26

Roundtable: Interfaith community

With the collaborative support of the Knox-Metropolitan United Church, the Cultural Plan’s goals and objectives were presented to many members of the Interfaith community that are active throughout Regina. The roundtable centred on the interconnection between faith and culture, and themes included:

  • A strengthening of the connection and networking between social justice and the arts
  • The need to develop interfaith relationships and understandings

The City of Regina’s Official Community Plan, Design Regina, is a long-term strategic plan for future growth and development. Design Regina defines culture as “The whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterizes a society or social group.” Culture and faith are, therefore, inexplicably linked.

 

July 8

Roundtable: Young adults

This event was held at the Artful Dodger with artists from various backgrounds including music, textiles, performance, ceramics, and ink. These artists described the benefits of being an artist in Regina and some areas in need of improvement. Due to the size of Regina, artists typically have diverse practices and do not always feel the arts are understood by the public. The industry, while multifaceted, can be quite competitive. A summary of this group’s conversation can be organized into the following themes:

  • Increase representation of visual art
  • Building better/more partnerships with others to provide more opportunity
    • Address lack of studio space and support for organizers and artists

This roundtable was influential for the Cultural Plan’s Objectives and Activities concerning the Goal of Strengthening the Artistic and Cultural Community.

 

December 10

Mayor’s Luncheon with the Creative industries

This luncheon was held at the RCMP Heritage Centre with over 100 participants from across the creative industries in attendance. This included independent artists as well as representatives of cultural industries in film, culinary art, publishing, fashion, music and craft. This event was an opportunity for decision-makers, creators and industry associations to come together to network and exchange thoughts on the central role of Creative Industries in Regina.

Presenter Jerry McGrath invited participants to take part in playful and interactive conversations about leadership and new developments in the Creative Industries. Building on this conversation, Jerry organized a facilitated session to consider possible models for Creative Industries as a way to connect with each other and the broader public and private sectors.

These sessions informed the Cultural Plan’s Objectives and Actions related to support for cultural industries.