Committee of Council supports Mayor’s amendment to Culture Master Plan
BRAMPTON, ON – The City of Brampton’s first Culture Master Plan was presented by staff during Wednesday’s Committee of Council meeting. Seven delegations representing diverse arts and culture pockets in Brampton delegated before council in support of the Plan. Through extensive public consultations that engaged Brampton’s diverse community, the Plan has provided three main themes: Supporting Success, Developing a Community of Practice and Building Brampton’s Identity.
Acknowledging that funding has been the main concern of Brampton’s arts and culture community, Mayor Linda Jeffrey moved to include an amendment and accepted a friendly amendment from Councillor Gibson to the report that will provide funding sooner than expected and will help fast-track the implementation of the Plan.
Mayor Jeffrey moved:
That a non-profit arms-length organization, as identified in the staff report, be supported with a proposed 2019 budget of a minimum $372,000 (subject to Council approval as part of the 2019 budget approval process) to:
a. assist the City in the implementation of the arts and cultural programs and services, and
b. serve as an animator and multi-arts umbrella for local arts advancement,
subject to staff reporting back on terms of reference and operating guidelines for this new organization based on the industry expertise and advice received from a third party expert identified by staff.
“The consultant told Council that intentional planning around culture is key – I happen to believe that adequate funding is extremely critical to achieving that planning vision,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “We have a lot of catching up to do considering that three of the stated goals in the Plan rely on increased funding by Council.”
Mayor Jeffrey’s motion passed unanimously along with the Committee of Council’s unanimous endorsement, in principle, of Brampton’s Culture Master Plan to a roar of applause from the gathered arts community in Council Chambers.
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Navdeep K Dhaliwal
Senior Advisor to Mayor Linda Jeffrey | City of Brampton