In 2014 CCNC expanded its membership beyond municipalities to include a non-voting membership category for organizations and individuals. If you are an individual, organization or municipality interested in nurturing and supporting cultural development in your community, join us!
"Keeping my contacts in the community of municipal cultural champions is important to me, as I continue my advocacy work on behalf of the artists in Canada. My ongoing membership with CCNC, even though I am retired, has been a valuable tool for this purpose, and is a great way to stay current and to stay in touch."
Betty Anne Keller, CCNC Member
About The Network
Municipalities, arts organizations and individuals are playing a growing role in the development of arts, culture and heritage in Canada. The Creative City Network of Canada (CCNC) is a national-non profit organization made up of municipalities, arts organizations and individuals working to support cultural development in their communities. CCNC facilitates knowledge sharing professional development in the field of local cultural policy, planning and research.
CCNC exists to connect and educate the people who do this work and share this working environment so we can be more effective in cultural development in our communities. By sharing experience, expertise, information and best practices, members support each other through dialogue, both in person and online.
Our goals are:
- To provide a way for communities, large and small, to access each others experiences and expertise
- To develop tools and resources for the community of practice in community development across Canada
Through its work, the Creative City Network of Canada helps build the capacity of local cultural planning professionals - and by extension local governments - to nurture and support cultural development in their communities. By doing so, the Creative City Network of Canada aims to improve the operating climate and conditions of artists, arts, heritage, and cultural organizations across the country, and the quality of life in Canadian communities of all sizes.
- Vision: Every community strategically integrates their local cultural resources in the social, economic, cultural and environmental sustainability of their community.
- Mission: The Creative City Network of Canada is a national non-profit organization that operates as a knowledge sharing, research, public education, and professional development resource in the field of local cultural policy, planning and practice.
- Values: The Values of the Creative City Network are:
- Direct sharing between communities
- Professional excellence
- Encourage a diversity of ideas
- Respect local community decision-making
"CCNC has been foundational for me in 15 years of municipal cultural management. There is always someone in the network who is ahead of what we're doing so I can pick their brain and borrow their documents...It's the perfect network of cross-country colleagues!"
~ Rebecca Cann, Cultural Services Supervisor, City of St. Catharines
Visit the Get Involved section for more information on how your municipality can benefit from joining the Creative City Network of Canada.