Transforming Cultural Planning
Jeff Erbach and Liberty Brears, Regina, SK, Inclusion and Prosperity: Integrated Cultural Planning at the City of Regina
Debra Soule, Peterborough, ON, Mapping Intangible Culture
Teri Souter, Huntsville, ON, Small Town Cultural Planning on a Shoestring
Bio: Teri is the Manager of Arts, Culture & Heritage for the Town of Huntsville, in Muskoka, Ontario. Teri’s work portfolio includes Cultural Strategic Development and Delivery for Huntsville and Area; Public Art Exhibits; Sports Memorabilia, Public Art and Heritage Art Collection, Display and Collection Management; and Municipal Heritage Committee Staff Liaison. Teri also supervises the operations of Muskoka Heritage Place – Museum, Pioneer Village and Steam Train, and the Algonquin Theatre, both municipally-owned and operated by the Town of Huntsville. Teri’s work history includes graphic design & page layout at the community newspaper and general management of the Business Improvement Area. Teri has volunteered on the boards and executives of Muskoka Tourism and the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce. Teri was a member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Team by appointment of the Ontario Public Secretariat.
Michael Tunney and John Ariyo, Mississauga, ON, Using Cultural Research Framework as a key strategic tool for local cultural planning
Michael Tunney, Bio: Michael Tunney is the Cultural Research Coordinator at the City of Mississauga. Since joining the Culture Division in 2011, he has been involved in the implementation and ongoing development of Mississauga’s cultural resource map and various strategic planning, research, data collection and public engagement initiatives. Michael holds a B.E.S. in Geography from the University of Waterloo and a post-graduate certificate in Museum Management from Fleming College. His passion for urban planning, tourism and the arts has resulted in previous professional experience in the municipal planning, museum and commercial art sectors.
John Ariyo, Bio: John Ariyo is the supervisor for cultural research and projects at the City of Mississauga. He was part of the City’s separate project teams that completed the 40-year Strategic Plan and the 5-year Culture Master Plan. He oversees the cultural research program at the Culture Division which includes data collection, cultural asset mapping, performance metrics reporting, strategic planning and project management practices. He enjoys community development initiatives and mentoring newcomers to Mississauga at various opportunities that foster integration and skill development. John is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies.
Jeff Evenson, Toronto, ON, Culture-led growth plan in Humboldt, SK
Deborah Dee and Robyn Spencer, Powell River, BC, Taking on Change: Culture of a City, Culture in a City
Greg Baeker, City of Toronto, ON, Tools for Urban Transformation: Cultural Mapping in Detroit, MI
Bio: Greg Baeker is Director of Cultural Development for Millier Dickinson Blais. Greg is a nationally recognized leader in cultural development who brings more than 35 years of experience working in the senior leadership positions in the cultural sector in Canada.
In 2005, Greg founded AuthentiCity. AuthentiCity has completed cultural planning and development projects in communities of all sizes and circumstances nationally and internationally. In 2011, AuthentiCity merged with Millier Dickinson Blais to form a new Cultural Development Division.
Greg speaks frequently at professional conferences and workshops and publishes regularly for journals such as Municipal World, the journal of Canadian municipalities. In 2010 Municipal World published Rediscovering the Wealth of Places: A Municipal Cultural Planning Handbook for Canadian Communities that received widespread acclaim.
Greg has a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo.
Ant McKenna, Queensland, Australia, Building creative industries in unlikely places
Lucille Bish, Region of Waterloo, ON, Creative Enterprise Initiative: Supporting the Creative Sector
Bio: Lucille Bish is the Director of Community Services for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. Waterloo Region (pop. 562,000) encompasses the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo as well as four rural townships, and is home to many well-known academic, high tech, manufacturing and insurance organizations including University of Waterloo, Blackberry, Toyota, and Manulife.
Lucille’s responsibilities include the Regional Library System, population forecasting, heritage conservation, cultural planning, public art for Regional properties, and the three museums owned by the Region. Over the past 5 years, the Region has constructed the Waterloo Region Museum which now attracts over 80,000 visitors, installed its 12th public art project, approved and implemented policies to conserve significant cultural heritage landscapes, and increased funding to arts and culture organizations by over $560,000. Lucille participated in the many meetings and consultations that culminated in the creation of the Creative Enterprise Initiative (CEI) and continues to be involved with the change this organization is supporting in our cultural sector.
Tristan Surtees, Charles Blanc and Heather Aitken, Calgary, AB, Integrating Connectivity: The Public Art Opportunity Watershed+
Tristan Surtees & Charles Blanc, Bio: Sans façon artist and architect duo Sans façon, Tristan Surtees and Charles Blanc, explore the relationship between people and places through their art projects. They work internationally on projects ranging from ephemeral performances and permanent pieces in public spaces, to developing and implementing strategies involving artists in the rethinking and re-qualification of specific places.
The majority of their work renews awareness and tempts interaction with the surroundings and is developed in close collaboration with communities, organisations and individuals including City councils, theatre companies, architects and composers.
They like to see the role of the artist and of art as a catalyst in a process of raising questions and inviting one to look and think differently. They aim to create work that can be valued, not solely as product but for what it reveals, what it allows to be seen, enjoyed and thought about.
For more information about Sans façon, visit their website.
Eileen Gillette, Nanaimo, BC, Unlocking Creativity in Libraries: Creative Placemaking, partnerships and communities
Bio: With both an academic and practitioner background, Eileen Gillette MLIS has a wide range of experience in community cultural development, cultural planning, cultural policy and cultural sustainability. She worked as an assistant researcher at the Creative City Network of Canada focusing on cultural planning, creative cities and the importance of cultural spaces in communities and cities in Canada (2003-2006). In 2006, she was part of three year national research project funded by Infrastructure Canada examining Cultural Infrastructure Development in Canada (2006-2009). She is currently a Divisional Manager of Public Services at Vancouver Island Regional Library and focusing on community partnerships and the development of innovative programs on Vancouver Island.
Jude Ortiz and Dr. Gayle Broad, Sault St. Marie, ON, Animating Place: A Community-Municipal Partnership
Jude Oritz, Bio: At NORDIK Institute, a research institute affiliated with Algoma University, Jude has been able to combine her goldmsithing and fine arts teaching background with community development. Her work focuses on building healthy, resilient communities through culture, education and community development interfaces, fostering multi sectorial collaborations and new innovative partnerships. Jude’s work has increased understanding of the links between culture and the economy and contributed to the development of critical networks supportive of leveraging local strengths in creating localized economies. Jude is a PhD candidate at the University of the West of England (Bristol).
Dr. Gayle Broad, Bio: Dr. Gayle Broad is an Associate Professor of Community Economic and Social Development, and Research Director of NORDIK, a research institute affiliated with Algoma University. A lifelong resident of Northern Ontario, Gayle has spent over 20 years bringing together diverse groups of stakeholders, frequently multi sector and/or cross cultural to share, generate and mobilize knowledge in addressing a range of pressing community issues at the local, regional, national and/or international level. Her work has fostered new relationships within non-profit, private and institutional organizations within Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities.
Gayle has facilitated numerous strategic planning, community engagement, conflict resolution and community development workshops and has worked with rural peoples in Colombia to establish a community-based university program. Gayle’s research focuses on the social economy including youth social entrepreneurship. She is an advocate for low-income people, women’s health and well-being, and for public policy more responsive to the needs of Northerners.
Alejandro Romero, Saskatoon, SK; Joe Sellors and Jenn Goodwin, Toronto, ON, The transformational opportunity of durational public art
Lilie Zendel, StreetARToronto, Toronto, ON, How StART is painting a different picture on neighbourhoods one wall at a time
Margo Charlton, Toronto Arts Foundation, Toronto, ON, Building a Creative City: Block by Block
Bio: Margo has worked in professional and community arts for 30 years as an artist, facilitator, administrator and consultant. Her extensive experience and understanding of arts engagement was gained through on the ground work in urban, rural and northern communities.
Margo has worked as a grants officer for the Toronto Arts Council and the Manitoba Arts Council. As a consultant she has provided strategic and evaluation planning for arts groups and cultural agencies. She has served as a member of advisory committees for ArtReach Toronto, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, and City of Toronto’s Community Arts Action Plan.
She is the Research Manager for the Toronto Arts Foundation and is the author of Transforming Communities Through the Arts, a SSHRC-funded study of the impact of the arts on three Toronto neighbourhoods.
Claudia Bustos, Edmonton Heritage Council, Edmonton, AB, The Edmonton City as Museum Project
Bio: Claudia Bustos is the City Museum Strategy Coordinator with the Edmonton Heritage Council. She oversees the Edmonton City as Museum Project (ECAMP), which relates the city’s unexpected stories from the perspective of Edmontonians. She is responsible for developing programming and partnerships that will build the ECAMP project into the creation of a new city museum for Edmonton.
Previously, she developed content for the transition of the TELUS World of Science-Calgary to the rebranded TELUS Spark science centre in 2011. She is a co-founder of the Local Board of Revision, a Calgary collective that re-examines overlooked public spaces through participatory temporary exhibitions. She has a Bachelor of Science in Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience. Claudia is primarily interested in how people connect with and develop relationships with their cities, as well as working with museums and heritage organizations through their start-up and initial growth phases.
Clayton Windatt, White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON, Artist-Run Centre Culture