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Tuesday April 13th, 2010

Posted at 9:24am

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In a city with one-hundred-and-four cultural facilities, 511 cultural organizations and over two-hundred-and-fifty sites of cultural significance, Windsor is incredibly well-cultured, but not necessarily well-connected.

The Municipal Cultural Master Plan is a one-hundred-sixty-four page study produced by Toronto’s TCI Management Consultants on how to improve everything related to arts, culture, music, architecture, history and more.

TCI consulted hundreds of people involved in Windsor’s cultural scene, and has produced several recommendations on how to improve cultural connectivity in Windsor.

The plan calls for significant expansion of the City’s Cultural Affairs Office including necessary staffing, resources and funding, the commissioning of a study to build a new City of Windsor Museum, adequate maintenance of the Odette Sculpture Park, and perhaps most interesting, the implementation of a project that has been on the shelf since 2005 — the City of Windsor’s ‘public art policy’.

A public art policy would mandate a 1-2% per-municipal-building allocation of funding to permit local artists to display works of art, sculpture and multimedia on city properties.

Another section of the Cultural Master Plan recommends investigating the feesibility of providing artists with “affordable live-work spaces”.  (See windsoriteDOTca writer Brendan Houghton’s article describing Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation)

The remainder of the plan lays out a roadmap for Windsor to promote culture, develop a “cultural tourism” plan and increase the saturation of arts, music, theatre, film and a full gamut of cultural aspects within the City of Windsor.

The Municipal Cultural Master Plan goes to City Council for consideration on Monday April 19th, 2010.  You can read the entire plan, in full, here.

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