Nights of the round table: culture in Castlegar

By Contributor
June 14th, 2012


Roughly 35 people attended a round table meeting June 12 at the Castlegar Complex hosted by the Castlegar Cultural Advisory Committee. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss future objectives of the committee, and possible actions steps for continued growth in culture.

Over 23 organizations were represented, according to committee spokesperson Jacquie Hamilton, who said, “ Great strides have been made for culture in our community, we want to continue to move forward and work together. “  

Questions were identified and discussed, including website, marketing and promotions, cultural facilities, engaging youth and the open question, “What else could we be doing to support art and cultural organizations in our area?” 

Round Table facilitator Ann Damude said she was happy to see such a great turnout for this opportunity for organizations to meet and identify what steps should be taken in moving forward and working together.  

“Communities outside of Castlegar are now looking at Castlegar and watching how they are accomplishing and growing in cultural initiatives and projects,” she said. “Castlegar should be proud of their accomplishments.”

A report and general information/framework will be sent to the advisory committee, and all those who participated, to identify next steps and a plan for moving forward.  

The Cultural Advisory Committee provides the Castlegar and District Recreation Commission with advice and recommendations on strategic cultural development direction and related matters.  The committee also serves as a liaison function for organizations in the community who are engaged in the development and delivery of cultural programs and initiatives. Projects that have been identified and completed are the adoption of a cultural policy for the City of Castlegar, a cultural website designed to market cultural organizations in and around Castlegar, a Cultural A- Fair, which has run for two years to educate the community on the wealth of arts/culture/heritage … and, last but never least, the Kootenay Festival, a multi-cultural arts festival that engages the public in an accessible, multi-faceted cultural experience.

Anyone interested in receiving further information is asked to please contact Audrey Maxwell Polovnikoff at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex at 250-365-3386 or email apolovnikoff@rdck.bc.ca


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