GUELPH, Ontario, March 19, 2013 – Today, more than 150 community members attended the official launch of the new Guelph Culture Map.
The afternoon celebration, which took place at River Run Centre, featured a live demonstration of the new online portal for information on Guelph’s arts, culture and heritage resources. Following the demonstration, attendees had the opportunity to explore the new Culture Map at computer stations set up in the Canada Company Hall.
The searchable database and interactive map is open to the public and is designed to connect the community to Guelph’s artists, creative entrepreneurs and enterprises, culture workers, events, cultural organizations, volunteers, creative spaces, venues and public art. The site can be used to strengthen networks and spur creative collaborations between individuals and organizations. It also lends visibility to cultural enterprises, links venues with practitioners, and helps Guelph’s creative economy to grow.
“With a clear picture of Guelph’s arts, culture and heritage resources and assets, we are in a better position to strategically support culture as the fourth pillar of sustainability and prosperity,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge. “The Guelph Culture Map will help strengthen our creative advantage—making Guelph an even better place to live and work.”
To date, more than 700 assets have been added to the site by community members, and data collection is ongoing. This initiative, funded in part by the Government of Ontario and led by the City of Guelph in partnership with Guelph Arts Council and Guelph Chamber of Commerce, provides an essential tool for effectively leveraging our community’s existing cultural assets, and is a valuable planning tool for cultural and economic development.
Members of the public are encouraged to explore the site at guelph.ca/culturemap