A Ten-Year Vision for the City of the Arts
The Arts and Culture Master Plan for the City of Port Moody serves two purposes. First, it defines a vision and a set of strategic directions and actions to help guide the development of arts and culture resources and activities in the city over the next 10 years. Second, it provides a guide on how best to connect these resources to advance the City’s overarching social and economic development agendas. The Plan incorporates the identified cultural needs and interests of Council, City staff, residents, arts and culture groups, and business and community leaders, and demonstrates a commitment by the City to continually position itself as City of the Arts for years to come.
The City of Port Moody’s Arts and Culture Master Plan is supported by a Technical Report, which contains select background research that underpins the recommendations and findings found in this document. The Technical Report is meant to be a supplementary document that accompanies the main report, and includes details that support the Master Plan.
The City began the process of updating its Arts and Culture Master Plan in the fall of 2016 by engaging a consulting firm, MDB Insight, to lead the process. Community consultation, held between November 2016 and March 2017, included:
- a statistically relevant telephone survey of Port Moody residents, which yielded 400 responses;
- a public forum;
- an online survey;
- focus group sessions with Council, the City’s Arts and Culture Committee, City staff, arts and culture stakeholder organizations, and artists; and
- interviews with members of the business community, City staff, and arts, culture, and heritage stakeholders.
On April 18, 2017, the draft Arts and Culture Master Plan was presented to Council. Following this meeting, the draft plan was then reviewed by the Arts Centre Society, Heritage Society, Tourism Committee, Economic Development Committee, Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Heritage Commission, returning to Council on November 21, 2017, where it was adopted.