News from the Sector, CCNC announcements, and more
Creative City Network of Canada

May 2023

In This Issue

News from CCNC

2023 Summit Registration

Call for Jurors: Awards of Excellence

P2P Sneak Peek

Promote Your Work at the Summit

News from the Sector

News from the Network

Membership Information



If you are a member of CCNC, check your Members News (May 15) for the members discount code. 

Members Early Bird: $725.00
ENDS JUNE 9 at 5:00 PM (Eastern)
Members Regular Registration: $825.00
June 10 - September 29

Regular Registration (non-members): $900.00
April 1 - September 29

Members receive a special discount code for the early bird and regular member rates. To access this code, you must be a member of CCNC at the time of purchase. If you become a member of CCNC after purchase, you will have access to next year's members discount.

If you plan to attend this year's Summit either virtually or in another category, tickets will be available beginning June 10. 

Other Ticket Types

P2P Presenter Ticket - Available at the end of May for those selected to present in this year's Peer-to-Peer program. 

Student Ticket - Available to full-time post-secondary students beginning June 10.

Artist Ticket - Available to professional artists beginning June 10.

Virtual Ticket* - Available for those intending to join pre-selected programming virtually beginning June 10.

Day Pass - Available for in-person attendance on your choice of October 3, October 4, or October 5 beginning August 28. 

*Virtual Passes offer a sample of the Summit program including access to the event app and live streams of the main plenary programs.


Awards of Excellence

Call for Jury

We are seeking experienced and engaged culture professionals from across Canada to serve on the jury for the 2023 Awards of Excellence. This jury is selected and organized at arms length from the CCNC Board of Directors.


  • Knowledge of local arts and culture
  • Experience working on the administrative or policy-making side of culture work
  • Availability for scoring period: June 19–July 4
  • Availability on July 10 for a 3-hr adjudication meeting (virtual)

To be considered, please send a short letter of interest outlining your credentials to [email protected] by June 5, 2022.

More Info

Peer-to-Peer Sneak Peek

A preview of the P2P program coming to this Summit:

What’s Here and What Could Be Here:
Mississauga’s Public Art Collection Equity Audit

Museums for Mapping:
Positioning Museums as Safe Community Hubs for Cultural Mapping and Planning

Saying Yes:
Funding Artist and Creative Projects in Hamilton

Making Mistakes
(but not the ones we thought)

All twelve P2P sessions will be announced soon. Those attending the Summit in St. John's will have a choice of four P2P offerings each day of the in-person program. Virtual attendees will have access to one designated P2P session each day via live stream.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Creative City Summit has been a staple for our sector since 2002. With a wide range of opportunities available, showing support and promoting your work and brand is simple. 

Download our Sponsorship Package to view the different opportunities and the benefits that come from sponsorship. From visual acknowledgement throughout the delegates' event app to signage on site and complimentary Summit attendance, you won't want to miss your chance to sponsor this year!

Download Sponsorship Package
Virtual Exhibition Booth
Virtual Exhibition Booth
Gain valuable virtual face time with online and in-person Summit attendees. Showcase your work on the interactive event app and send customers directly to your website. On sale May 1 - Sept 22, 2023
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Government of British Columbia

Funding will support artists through economic recovery

As part of year-end funding from the Province, $30 million will be distributed to 337 arts organizations through the BC Arts Council. The funding was provided in response to the arts and culture sector’s call for support while it continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector is experiencing loss of audiences, increased costs, staffing shortages and reduced revenues from sponsorships, memberships, admissions and space rentals. The Province provided similar support to the events sector in February 2023 with a $30-million investment in the Fairs, Festivals and Events program.
Government of Canada

Canada invests in new Centre of Excellence to support and celebrate African Nova Scotians

The Centre of Excellence will combat systemic inequities, celebrate the culture, history and heritage of African Nova Scotians, and provide much needed multi-generational supports to the community. This new building will be at the heart of the community by promoting the education and overall health of the African Nova Scotian community.

Creative Placemaking Increases Positive ROI, study from Toronto Metropolitan University and Industry leaders finds

The study showed the following results:

  • 50% increase in time spent at a location with placemaking interventions
  • 53% increase in positive perception of the environment
  • 77% increase in the likelihood for individuals to share information about the location
  • 63% increase in positive feelings about the environment
  • 53% increase in self-congruity (forming a sense of connection between the individual and the location)


Government of Québec

The Government of Québec announces its financial support for the Kahnawà:ke Culture and Arts Centre

The project aims to bring the community's cultural organizations together under one roof, particularly to promote the spreading and preservation of the Mohawk language and culture. It will be a gathering place for Mohawks, citizens of the surrounding areas, and visitors from around the world to provide an overview of the language, culture, art, and history of the Mohawks of Kahnawà:ke.
Heritage Newfoundland and Labrador

Historical sites getting a women-centric revamp, says Heritage N.L.

"A lot of it is the traditional way of looking at heritage places.… You look at the person who built it, the person who owned it. You don't look at a lot of the lives that were connected to it," Andrea O'Brien, registrar of Heritage N.L. said.

"There's a lot of new untold stories that we want to bring out into the open."


From our members:


Heritage Montreal launches new downtown walking tours

A series of three architectural walking tours to rediscover downtown by highlighting institutions, commercial complexes and cultural landmarks. This series of urban tours presents the evolution of downtown’s eastern sector from the 19th to the 21st century.




City unveils its newest art commission: Crossroads, Connections and Intersections

“Today’s unveiling is an important milestone for the City of Orillia’s culture and tourism sectors,” said the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). “The Government of Canada loves supporting projects like this with the Orillia Museum of Art & History so they can showcase the talents of Canadian artists and inspire creativity.”



Collingwood Art Crawl receives top 100 award

The Town of Collingwood is thrilled to announce that the Collingwood Art Crawl has been named one of the Province’s Top 100 events by Festivals & Events Ontario, an accolade shared with the likes of the Canadian National Exhibition, TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, and the Stratford Festival.


New Westminster

New public art installation at Anvil Centre for 10th annual Capture Photography Festival

Curl Mapped by Rebecca Bair tackles the complex, colonial history of archives to represent that which is absent: traces of Black settlers in this region.

“I am excited to see we are working with Capture Photography Festival once again to bring engaging public art to our community,” said Mayor Patrick Johnstone. “This work by Rebecca Bair is a striking addition to our Downtown streetscape and will generate meaningful dialogue about how history is shaped and the stories told and untold about New Westminster.”



Markham-Milliken Children’s Festival recognized among best celebrations in Ontario

After a two-year hiatus, the City of Markham’s Markham-Milliken Children’s Festival returned in-person in 2022, and was named a Top 100 Event in Ontario for 2023 in the York, Durahm and Hills of Headwaters Tourism Region category by Festivals & Events in Ontario (FEO).


Port Moody

New Mayor’s Task Force to help strengthen Port Moody’s branding as City of the Arts

“One of the priority areas in the new strategic plan is to create a vibrant and prosperous community and an accompanying goal is to develop a vision for the City of the Arts. In addition to articulating this vision, the Task Force will report back with a strategy to create synergies between the arts and businesses in the city, with the goal of brand identification and strengthening. I’m looking forward to seeing this vision come to life through this amazing group of Port Moody artists and business owners."


Medicine Hat

City launches Community Microgrants program

“We hope that through the establishment of this grant stream, residents will be empowered to create and participate in events that foster a strong sense of community and connection,” says Shona Dickie, manager community supports, City of Medicine Hat. “Applications for the microgrants are now open and will remain open throughout the year, with notice of application status provided within 30 days of submission.”



Surrey's National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration & Wellness Event

Hosted by Semiahmoo, Kwantlen and Katzie First Nations, this event is an opportunity to acknowledge and show respect and admiration for Indigenous Peoples past, present and future; to share cultural history; and to share spirit, experiences, stories, song, art and dance with each other and the community. The in-person event will include cultural sharing from the local First Nations with teachings and practice through art, music, storytelling and dance.


Members are currently looking forward to:

  • Open Now! Call for Nominations to the 2023 Awards of Excellence
  • Workshop Your Public Art Program
    • June 22 at 2:00 PM (Eastern)
    • Registration link can be found in the May 15 Members News
  • Event Planners' Burning Questions National Call
    • June 23 at 1:00 PM (Eastern)
    • Registration link can be found on the May 15 Members News or by logging into the National Call page of the website
  • St. John's Creative City Summit
    • October 3-5 in St. John's, NL

Are you looking for cross-Canada support and professional development in local 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 our growing membership.

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. 


Post your open job calls, calls for artists, requests for proposals and workshop announcements on the CCNC Classifieds. $25.00 CAD


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