What is a Cultural Strategic Plan?

    The City of Kamloops' Cultural Strategic Plan will provide direction concerning the development of culture in the city over the coming years. It is a comprehensive strategy that recognizes the diversity of the cultural sector in Kamloops, whether it be amateur or professional participants, small or large organizations from a range of different cultural sectors, such as the visual arts, heritage, the performing arts, and cultural industries. Such a plan will clarify an ongoing commitment to enhancing cultural presentation, supporting access by the public to all forms of the arts and heritage, encouraging the growth and development of arts organizations and companies, while also promoting the work of individual artists, and supporting marketing and cultural tourism.  

    View the last Cultural Strategic Plan, adopted in 2003.

    What is cultural planning?

    "Cultural planning is defined as strategic and integrated planning by the application of cultural resources in the development of the city and society." —Colin Mercer, 1995.

    This strategic plan focuses on cultural planning and bridging the Kamloops cultural sector to opportunities within economic development, tourism, health/social programs, and community planning.

    What is creative placemaking?

    Creative placemaking is a process that uses arts and cultural strategies to implement community-led change.

    What is cultural development?

    Cultural development is the strategic planning and implementation of strategies to leverage a community’s unique cultural resources for the social, economic, environmental and cultural benefit of a community.

    What is TRU’s involvement in this project?

    Researchers and students from Thompson Rivers University (TRU) are gathering and analyzing data to support the development of the City's next Cultural Strategic Plan. This is part of the Researcher-in-Residence initiative and involves intensive support from the Office of Vice-President Research at TRU. Several data sources are being collected via this process, including this survey on Let’s Talk, cultural mapping at the Kamloops Museum and Archives, key informant interviews, and facilitated community dialogues. This is one of a variety of ways the Researcher-in-Residence initiative aims to support evidence-based decision-making at the city via research in collaboration with the City.