City of Guelph seeks public input in cultural mapping project
May 1, 2012 by Chloe
The city of Guelph is seeking participants in helping to unveil the cultural map of the city, which includes spaces for cultural and recreational events, groups, individuals and festivities. The cultural sector is working in partnership with Guelph’s Chamber of Commerce and Arts Council and is funded by the Government of Ontario.
Part of the exercise, which was launched on April 24th is to record, classify and identify the city’s cultural resources, which are used for community based recreation planning and decision making on how to use public spaces in the future. The total budget of the project will be $163,000, funded in part through the Government of Ontario’s Creative Communities Prosperity Fund, and the remaining through Grants of both the Chamber of Commerce and the Guelph Arts Council.
While much of work is in the form of an online interactive map, local print companies are expected to play an important role in this initiative, both in the mapping of cultural spaces and in highlighting their importance. For example, banner printing can map out the city’s layout and existing cultural assets to help assist in urban planning of future events. Brochures printed by local companies can also illustrate the past and future use of spaces, institutions, individuals and events.
Public input is being sought in the Guelph Cultural Mapping Project, sponsored by project partners, coordinators, artists and cultural sector workers. All residents are expected to participate in the community of future development and help build the community’s cultural assets.