Cloverdale: have your say in Surrey’s cultural plan

Cloverdale residents are invited to drop by the Surrey Museum next Thursday for a closer look at the city’s efforts to develop a new cultural plan.

Cloverdale residents are invited to drop by the Surrey Museum next Thursday for a closer look at the city’s efforts to develop a new cultural plan.

The April 28 session is the second-to last open house the city is holding across Surrey, as it solicits public input for its new cultural plan.

The open houses will encourage participants to consider needs Surrey-wide, as well as what individual Town Centres’ arts and heritage strengths, gaps and priorities are.

Ideas will also be sought regarding opportunities for public art, the role of new cultural facilities, Surrey Museum expansion and effective communication about arts and heritage.

Surrey’s vibrant arts and heritage scene plays an important role in shaping Surrey’s ongoing evolution as a major urban centre, Mayor Dianne Watts said.

“As we move forward, we need to engage residents and businesses and develop a comprehensive cultural plan that meets the needs of our growing communities,” Watts said.

The aim is to build a framework that will serve as a practical guide for the future development of the arts and heritage services.

One of the objectives is to develop six town centre public art plans, identifying sites and themes for Cloverdale, South Surrey, Newton, Surrey City Centre, Guildford and Fleetwood.

The open house runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Surrey Museum, 17710 56A Avenue.

The city is also developing a Cultural Inventory, outlining Surrey’s cultural resources, including organizations, artists, facilities and programs.

Groups and individuals involved in arts and heritage are encouraged to go to the project website surrey.ca/culturalplan to ensure they are part of this snapshot.

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