Benefits of a Culture Plan

A Strong Cultural Profile Benefit the Community

The cultural sector does not exist on its own, but acts in partnership with our economic, social and ecological sectors.

The following provides some of the benefits a vibrant culture scene can have on this relationship.

Economic Benefits

A strong cultural profile can provide opportunities to:

  • generate a climate of innovation that attracts youth and a talented and creative workforce
  • engage business and political leaders in creating new partnerships and initiatives
  • market Niagara as a place ripe with potential for new business and investment
  • stimulate and support other economic engines (e.g. construction trades in building new facilities)
  • support and strengthen the cultural sector itself with more investment

Social Benefits

A strong cultural profile can provide opportunities to:

  • share and learn about other cultures, beliefs and traditions
  • develop new partnerships, linkages and leaders within the community
  • secure feelings of pride and belonging in a particular community
  • engage and communicate with the community in a variety of ways (e.g. murals, websites, festivals, plaques, print, events
  • inspire volunteerism, co-operation and future cultural expression (especially for youth as an outlet for energies
  • build further capacity that strengthens and diversifies the existing cultural base
  • create healthy, vibrant communities for the benefit of residents and visitors
  • celebrate creativity, ideas, skills and abilities

Ecological Benefits

A strong cultural profile can provide opportunities to:

  • recognize that our climate, location and key features have had a dramatic effect on our history and current practices and work to conserve them for the future or serve as a backdrop for cultural works (public art, performances)
  • redevelop abandoned or underutilized lands to revitalize our existing communities, while providing transportation options that can contribute to cleaner air and a healthier environment
  • preserve and reuse historical resources that strengthen the sense of place while lessening waste
  • integrate and explore the urban and rural landscape through trails, open spaces, cultural resources and facilities.

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