The City of Brampton has a new, ambitious, future-focused vision for culture in Brampton:
The Culture Master Plan is a foundational document for municipal cultural planning and service delivery in Brampton. It will enable the City to take full advantage of the opportunities for quality of life and economic development that a robust arts and culture sector can bring, will provide the City with a clear direction regarding its arts and cultural resources, and will contribute to the eventual realization of the Vision 2040 plan. It inspired by the incredible creative and artistic talent that is emerging from Brampton, and seeks to serve the next generation of artists and creators who will follow in their footsteps.
Through an extensive public consultation process to engage community input, research into the local arts and culture environment, and best practices from around the country, the Culture Master Plan was developed under three themes: Supporting Success, Developing a Community of Practice, and Building Brampton’s Identity.
Under these objectives, the Plan outlines six goals with 47 supporting strategies and actions:
- Resources: Leverage private and public sources to sustainably finance municipal programs, assets and services in Brampton; ensuring that resources and policies are in place to properly implement the Culture Master Plan.
Developing a Community of Practice
Funding: Strategically fund and build financial capacity with creators and cultural groups to drive innovation and collaboration and support a vibrant arts and culture scene in Brampton.
- Space: Increase Brampton’s inventory of physical and digital space for creative presentation, production, participation, collaboration and innovation. Ensure these spaces are inclusive, accessible and support the connectivity of Brampton’s cultural ecology.
- Talent Development: Establish Brampton as a viable place for creators to live, work and develop their talent. Connect the creative economy with the wider business community in Brampton to support capacity building and talent retention.
Building Brampton’s Identity
- Production and Presentation: Facilitate meaningful exchange between diverse creators, groups and audiences that enrich the community and embrace cultural fusion and experimentation. Leverage presentation and production as vehicles for social cohesion and as contributors to the creation of a unique and distinctive identity for Brampton.
- Promotion: Cultivate strong lines of communication within Brampton’s creative community, market Brampton’s cultural products, and develop a reputation as a youthful, cutting-edge cultural hot spot on the world stage.
Work on the Culture Master Plan will begin immediately, with implementation plans for subsequent strategies and actions to be presented in alignment with the City’s annual budget process.
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The City launched the development of the Culture Master Plan in October 2017. The process involved significant community engagement, led by the consulting team of Lord Cultural Resources and Nordicity, and guided by a Steering Committee of community cultural leaders. In total, more than 3,500 residents and visitors representing a wide variety of stakeholder groups were engaged to voice their thoughts on arts and culture in Brampton. The City remains committed to the continuous engagement of these creators and communities as a valued part of Brampton’s cultural ecology.