Dryden hosting workshop

On Wednesday, April 9, Dryden will discover—like municipalities across Ontario—how cultural resources such as libraries, arenas, festivals, and events can help drive economic activity.
The workshop, which takes place from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Dryden Regional Training and Cultural Centre, will help participants identify local opportunities to use cultural resources for economic development.
Each of the region’s communities has their own identity and many characteristics that make it what it is.
Municipal cultural planning is about using this identity and these characteristics for the purposes of economic development, such as cultural tourism and quality of life—like downtown revitalization.
The Dryden and Area Cultural Partnership already has started identifying Dryden’s cultural assets. This workshop will give communities a chance to get together and discuss where they are going and how they want to get there.
This regional workshop is open to participants from Fort Frances, Kenora, Red Lake, Ear Falls, Sioux Lookout, Machin, and Ignace. It will focus on the key ideas and tools of municipal cultural planning.
This innovative type of planning promotes culture-led economic development, and requires collaboration across municipal departments, community organizations and local businesses.
Organizers say much of the workshop revolves around discussion and peer learning. It is a real opportunity for a broad cross-section of people to come together and learn from each other.
There is a lot of really interesting projects on the go. By connecting to each other, we can see these projects as part of a larger vision for our community.
Those interested in participating in the workshop are asked to register by next Wednesday (April 2). The fee is $25, which includes refreshments and lunch.
To register, contact Natasha Lovenuk Markham toll-free at 1-800-525-8785.
The workshop, along with ones in Thunder Bay and Atikokan, are being sponsored by the Municipal Cultural Planning Partnership, which works to support municipalities in integrating culture into all aspects of municipal planning.
Significant support from the Ministry of Culture and the Ontario Trillium Foundation also has made these workshops possible.