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Having a community conversation about culture in Kamloops

The final two public engagement sessions will be held in the afternoon and evening on Nov. 24
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There are two more sessions to be held for volunteer participants in a community conversation about cultural strategic planning in Kamloops.

The City of Kamloops, Thompson Rivers University staff and students and staff from the Kamloops Museum and Archives is hosting the sessions, the final two of which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 24 — from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Registered participants from the community are being asked to identify themes about the importance of culture to Kamloopsians.

“The last time we did a cultural strategic plan was back in 2003,” said Barbara Berger, recreation, social development and culture manager for the city. “We have a real interest in updating the plan, but we didn’t think it was a good idea to start it during COVID when people couldn’t gather, so we were waiting until the world was in a better place to meet with people.”

The Thursday sessions are taking place at St. Andrew’s on the Square, downtown at Seymour Street and Second Avenue.

Patricia Huntsman, a two-time nationally award-winning cultural strategist, will be working with the community on the development of the city’s cultural strategic plan and is expected to be introduced during the community conversation sessions. Huntsman will be reviewing the cultural planning process.

Attendees are invited to hear a presentation and a facilitated workshop geared towards informing the city’s upcoming strategic cultural planning including feedback compiled through the You Are Here exhibition at the museum this past summer.

“We want to hear what culture means to the residents of our community,” Berger said. “For some people, it might be theatre or listening to music. For some people, it might be gardening. We want to hear from as many people as possible about what culture means to them and what they would like to see.”

Thompson Rivers University professor and vice-president Will Garrett-Petts is assisting with research and supporting students to collect feedback and map and collate data from a survey.

“All of the feedback, whether it’s from the mapping, the survey or these community conversations, we want all of that so those themes and ideas can be incorporated into shaping a plan,” Berger said, noting this winter will set the background for engagement session on this particular project. “I think we’d like to be bringing that plan through the first half of 2023 and seeing that plan come together, where we can take it to council for adoption.”

Attendees are asked to register in advance of the Thursday sessions by emailing jcyr@kamloops.ca. If additional sessions are required due to volume of interest, the project team is willing to schedule more time to hear community feedback.

To find out more, visit https://letstalk.kamloops.ca/culturalplan or https://kamloopsmuseum.ca/programming/you-are-here for details.