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Culture Master Plan


Project Name: Culture Master Plan

Project Description: The Town of Sylvan Lake is developing its first Cultural Master Plan, which will establish a cultural vision for the Town, as well as identify concrete strategies and actions to support municipal and community goals and priorities. 

Division: Community Services

Project Status: Underway

Project Manager: Monique Pummings, 403 887 2199

Expected Completion Date: January, 2017

Total Project Budget: $90,000

The Town of Sylvan Lake is a community rich in heritage and culture and a recreation haven for many families and outdoor enthusiasts. The Town’s forthcoming Cultural Master Plan will profile the town’s rich cultural resources and identify better ways to coordinate, align and promote the town’s cultural resources to both residents and visitors to our community. The project will also broaden the recognition of the Town of Sylvan Lake as a creative and vibrant municipality where the growth of the cultural sector is fostered as a vital component of the community’s social and economic well-being.

The final Cultural Master Plan will be a standalone document designed to support the policies and goals listed in the Town of Sylvan Lake’s Municipal Development Plan as well as other strategic guiding documents. The plan will include vision and principles, municipal roles and partnerships opportunities, strategic actionable initiatives and a detailed implementation plan designed to assist in monitoring progress and deliverables. 

Municipal cultural planning is defined by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport as:

 "A municipal government-led process approved by Council, for identifying and leveraging a community's cultural resources, strengthening the management of those cultural resources and integrating those cultural resources across all facets of municipal government planning and decision making."

Cultural Planning is often thought of as the ‘fourth pillar of sustainability (alongside economic, social, and environmental considerations). Municipal cultural planning embraces a broad definition of cultural resources as illustrated in the diagram below. This includes a wide range of tangible resources such as arts and heritage organizations, cultural occupations and industries, cultural and natural heritage – among others. But it can also explore the areas of intangible cultural assets - the stories, traditions and unique quality of life that shape a community’s unique identity and sense of place.

To support the development of the Cultural Master Plan a community engagement process is being used to seek ideas and input from area residents and stakeholders.

We want community feedback! What cultural resources are important to you, what are our opportunities and strenghts ?

Take our Survey and help us form our first ever, Culture Master Plan!

Check back regularly as this webpage will be updated with community engagement events, survey links and additional content on how YOU can participate in the development of the Cultural Master Plan.

For further information, please contact:

Monique Pummings, Town of Sylvan Lake 

403-887-1192 ext. 508.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In this video, Greg Baeker discusses the importance of municipal cultural planning as an essential tool for municipalities in rediscovering the wealth of place.


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