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WHAT IS CULTURE?

The concept of “culture” is very broad. It has been defined as “the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts.” (Live Science, February 19, 2015).

In the Midland area context, our cultural resources include cultural heritage (historic sites, plaques, monuments and buildings); cultural spaces and facilities (cultural centers, cinemas, religious institutions, food establishments, performing arts venues, and educational institutions): community cultural organizations (Aboriginal groups, art groups, multicultural groups, community bands and choirs, heritage groups and horticultural groups); cultural enterprises (libraries and archives, music studios, breweries and wineries, art galleries, book stores, museums and antique dealers); festivals and events (arts festivals, gallery or studios tours, fall fairs, street festivals, music festivals, and food and wine festivals); and natural heritage (local parks, trails, nature centers, and conservation areas).

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Cultural Mapping

Cultural mapping is a systematic approach to identifying, recording and classifying a community’s cultural resources. Work undertaken through the development of the Municipal Cultural Planning marks the beginning, not the end of cultural mapping in Midland...

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Demographic and Cultural Economy Analysis

Understanding current demographic conditions in Midland is key to shaping a Municipal Cultural Plan responsive to these realities. Key findings from this analysis are presented below but presented in more detail in the Key Findings Report..

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Engagement Themes

Opportunities to leverage cultural resources to support economic development focused on several themes. The first and most important is the understanding that successful communities need a depth and breadth of culture activities and amenities to attract people, new businesses...

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Implementation and Monitoring

As previously noted, the Municipal Cultural Plan should not be seen as a static document, but rather one that will evolve based on new needs and opportunities that will emerge in the course of implementing the Plan. The population size and resources available to support cultural...

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