Membership, 2022 plans, and a holiday greeting
Creative City Network of Canada

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The CCNC office will be closed from December 2731, 2021.

Happy Holidays!

In This Issue
2021 in the Rearview
Canadian Heritage: National Summit on Arts, Culture and Heritage Sectors Recovery
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Save the Date: Creative City Summit '22
Member Updates
2021 in the Rearview

2021 was one for the books. Canada's culture sector continued to face immense challenges while proving its importance to Canadians. At CCNC, we applaud the advocacy, creativity, and grit displayed by artists, arts organizations, ASOs, consultants, and local governments. 

Our year included four National Calls for Members, two public art and social justice events, one massive research project, and the announcement of the return of the Creative City Summit in 2022. 

Regional Dialogue Sessions

Four regions of Canada gathered virtually in February to discuss regionally relevant topics going into the second year of COVID-related challenges. We were joined by special guest, Dr. Nancy Duxbury, one of CCNC's founders and cultural tourism researcher. 

National Calls

National Calls for Members are a popular CCNC member benefit that began in April 2020 with the first COVID-related lockdown. Since then, we've hosted 18 National Calls. In 2021, we talked about:

  • Cross-Canada Check In: a roundtable event
  • The Role of Municipal Culture Work in Canada's Economic Recovery
  • Public Art and Monuments in Canada's Municipalities: Reconciliation and Relationships
  • The Value of Data in Culture Work: Using Labour Force and GDP data to make the case for culture in your community

Public Art Events 

The Public Art Network Council (PAN), one of the committees working behind the scenes of CCNC. PAN worked towards programming two virtual meetings around public art and monuments. The first was part of the National Calls for Members series and focused issues ingrained in monuments, public art, and reconciliation. The second invited celebrated public artist Ken Lum (Monument Lab) to respond to questions inspired by his interview on the CCNC podcast miniseries.  

Cultural Resilience Research

In the spring, Hill Strategies Research joined CCNC and partners  Les arts et la ville, Cultural Human Resources Council, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO  in kickstarting Phase 1 of a special research project. Cultural Resilience: Using Innovation to Stabilize in Times of Crisis seeks to first discover extraordinary examples of resilience in Canada's culture organizations, how they innovated during the early days of COVID to maintain, and in some cases, grow, their audience and revenue. 

The full report from Phase 1 will be available in the new year along with 29 case studies from across the country and disciplines. 

Work on Phase 2, a unique professional development and education tool designed through the learnings of Phase 1, will begin soon. These tools will be available in the spring as workshops and learning resources. 


Our first season of the CCNC podcast miniseries was released in partnership with MacEwan University's Artful Conversations podcast. Host Annetta Latham sat down with three special guests to talk about how their own focus on culture work intersects on a municipal level. 

Creative City Summit

It's back!!

The Return of the Creative City Summit (October 4–6, 2022)
All In: New Pathways for Moving Forward
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Hosted by the City of Waterloo, ON

Tickets: In-person and virtual tickets will be released in the spring. 

More information and programming to come.

Summit Information
Minister Rodriguez Will Invite the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sectors to a National Summit on Their Recovery in Early 2022

GATINEAU, December 6, 2021

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today issued the following statement on the Government of Canada’s plans to hold a two-day national summit on January 31 and February 1, 2022, with the arts, culture and heritage sectors at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.


“In January, I’ll meet people from the arts, culture and heritage sectors in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montréal and Halifax—and elsewhere across Canada virtually. I’m looking forward to hearing from you directly in the leadup to the summit. Further details on these meetings will be released before the holidays.

“During the summit, we’ll talk about long-term trends in Canada’s cultural ecosystem and discuss solutions for a sustainable recovery; how to bring back and create new audiences and visitors; the role of digital platforms; and the contribution of our cultural sectors to reconciliation, the fight against climate change, and a more just and inclusive society...

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Become a member in 2022

Are you looking for professional development in local government culture work? 


CCNC invites municipalities working toward elevated cultural policy and practices, cultural organizations working closely with local government or community, and individual consultants, artists, or students who could benefit from proximity to local culture workers to join in 2022.

The fabric of our network is made up of a diverse and exciting array of voices from three membership types, all working towards strengthening their local culture presence: 

•  Municipalities and Band Councils 
•  Organizations and Culture Funders 
•  Individuals

As a network, our members are each other's best resources for best practices, knowledge sharing, and collaboration with all professionals working in local-level culture. As a national organization, CCNC strives to foster meaningful relationships, build bridges, and offer culture workers professional development opportunities unique to their work in local culture. We offer programs, opportunities to connect and share, research, and an ever-evolving and improving online portal environment to support our members in their work. 

We need your voice at the table. 

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Member Updates

New year, new board

On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, CCNC voting members approved a new slate of directors at the virtual AGM. Thank you to our outgoing directors for your leadership and dedication.

Welcome to our new Executive, committee Chairs, and directors. New to the Board:

Teresa Byrne, City of Calgary
Nicole Cantley, City of Kelowna
Ben Dick, City of Ottawa
Tanya Pattullo, City of Camrose
Noora Rizvi, City of St. Catharines
Alejandro Romero, City of Saskatoon


Membership renewal for those with a January renewal date is coming up! Make sure you are receiving your Members News emails for more information. 


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