In 2014, the Town of Orangeville unveiled the “Orangeville Cultural Advantage” – the Town’s first Municipal Cultural Plan and Cultural Map. The project raises awareness of the importance of arts and culture locally. The Cultural Plan will be used as a guide to support the development of cultural policies, programs, partnerships, and initiatives that will ensure the Town reaches its greatest potential as a culturally vibrant and creative community.
The Municipal Cultural Plan focuses on supporting cultural development in the community and identifies strategies and actions to strengthen and enhance arts and culture resources and activities in Orangeville. The plan identifies resources required, outlines opportunities for community partnerships and makes recommendations on integrating culture into all municipal departments. The recommendations revolve around four themes:
- Leading and Connecting: Provide strong Town and community leadership, adopt a co-ordinated and inclusive approach, and connect with the community and other partners.
- Capacity and Place: Provide accessible and affordable cultural spaces, expanded cultural opportunities, and maintain and enhance heritage assets.
- Identity and Innovation: Build the Orangeville brand and identity on the foundation of its heritage and cultural strengths. Support the digital potential of Orangeville’s cultural assets and activities. Develop policies and supportive framework to attract the creative class.
- Creative Growth and Investment: Strengthen Orangeville’s cultural potential through investment, support and increased cultural programs and opportunities.
The report makes several recommendations and concludes that investment, whether through new resources or refocusing of existing resources, will yield dividends to the Town’s social and economic value. The Cultural Plan and Cultural Mapping project was funded in part by the Government of Ontario through the Creative Communities Prosperity Fund.
In 2018, an review of the Cultural Plan was completed to understand what progress and initiatives have been completed. The Progress Summary can be viewed here.