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Town seeks input to ensure culture continues to thrive in Oakville

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – for immediate release

Town seeks input to ensure culture continues to thrive in Oakville

Share your ideas at June 2, 2015, public meeting or through online survey

The Town of Oakville is updating its Cultural Plan and asking for the community’s help to determine the future role of culture in Oakville. Members of the public are invited to share their ideas at a public meeting on June 2 or through a short online survey.

“Community input is critical to ensure a long-term sustainable approach to culture,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and have your voice heard.”

The town’s first cultural plan, Enabling Culture to Thrive in Oakville: Oakville’s Strategic Directions for Culture, was based on two years of consultation, research and community collaboration. Since its introduction in 2009, significant progress has been made to support arts and culture, most notably the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, a dedicated arts and cultural facility and the Downtown Cultural Hub Study that is exploring opportunities to create a cultural and performing arts space downtown.

“The cultural landscape in Oakville has changed significantly and we’ve made great progress building on the many forms of culture that exist within the community,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “Now we’re asking for the public’s help to build on that momentum so that culture continues to thrive well into Oakville’s future.”

The June 2 public consultation meeting will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre of the Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre at 2302 Bridge Road. Those planning to attend are asked to register by emailing sarah.douglas-murray@oakville.ca.

Anyone unable to attend the meeting but interested in providing input are encouraged to do so through a short online survey.

If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know by May 26, 2015 by contacting Sarah Douglas-Murray at 905-845-6601, ext. 3007 (TTY: 905-338-4200), sarah.douglas-murray@oakville.ca or by filling out the accessible online feedback form.


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