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Moncton’s 10-year Cultural Plan adopted by City Council


June 7, 2016

MONCTON – Moncton has a new roadmap for cultural development for the next years, based on solid guiding principles: sustainability, fiscal responsibility, community collaboration, integrated planning, accessibility and inclusion, as well as diversity. At its regular public meeting on June 6th, the first session for the recently sworn-in group, City Council adopted the final 2016-2026 Moncton Cultural Plan. 

“Over the past few decades, and particularly since the City adopted its first cultural plan in 2011, we have witnessed spectacular growth in this sector, making Moncton a truly vibrant community,” said Mayor Dawn Arnold. “By creating a 10-year plan, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to to affect integrated and dynamic change in both the short and long term vision.”

“With extensive public and stakeholder consultation undertaken throughout this exercise, we’re confident that this document will serve residents well, as the Plan ensures that a ‘cultural lens’ will be worn across various municipal departments in the decision-making process, “ explained Louise Imbeault and Kim Rayworth, co-chairs of the Moncton Cultural Board. “The cultural sector is vibrant in Moncton, and is a key component of the community’s growth and quality of life. The proposed 10-year Cultural Plan will continue to build on the successes of the City’s first ever plan (2010-2015), and aims to foster increased collaboration with artists, organizations and corporations.”

Eleven ‘Emerging Themes’ provide clear guidance for Council, municipal staff, and cultural groups, when developing programs, policies and projects:

1. Diversity and Inclusion
2. Youth Education and Involvement
3. Success and Civic Engagement
4. Communication and Collaboration
5. Cultural Tourism
6. Heritage Integration
7. Downtown Revitalization
8. Cultural Lens on Decision Making
9. Municipal Policy and Fees
10. Cultural Infrastructure
11. Cultural Mediation

Aligned with specific action items, four strategic directions have been identified to help shape the City’s cultural landscape over the next decade:

1. Enable cultural investments with supportive municipal policy structures
2. Leverage creativity and culture to attract and retain people as key drivers of Innovation and Economic Growth
3. Create an environment where enhanced cultural activities can take place
4. Implement a recognizable cultural identity for the City that communicates an innovative, transformative and authentic experience

The report is available on the City of Moncton’s website (www.moncton.ca/artsandculture). 

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Media contacts:

Roxanne Richard
Cultural Development Officer, City of Moncton
506-877-7775 / Roxanne.richard@moncton.ca 

Nicole O. Melanson
Communications, City of Moncton
506-383-6214 / nicole.melanson@moncton.ca