Committee creates cultural plan

Lumby and Cherryville have a vibrant cultural scene and now a strategy is being pursued.

Lumby and Cherryville have a vibrant cultural scene and now a strategy is being pursued.

The White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee has received a draft copy of the arts and culture master plan.

“Arts and culture are a significant part of the community and it’s evident through local events,” said Rick Fairbairn, chairperson.

“The idea is to promote the arts.”

Fairbairn also believes the master plan could help create arts-related jobs and draw tourists.

“There is an economic benefit that hasn’t been exploited yet,” he said.

Among the recommendations of the master plan are to form a task force to implement the plan, create a business plan to determine space requirements for the Monashee Arts Council and review branding.

It also suggests increased funding application activity and hiring a cultural services co-ordinator.

The plan was developed through consultation with residents and members of the Monashee Arts Council and the Cherryville Artisans Association.

Director Eugene Foisy believes the master plan could be beneficial for residents.

“Lumby and Cherryville usually work on their own and this may bring everyone together,” he said.

However, Foisy hasn’t committed to all of the recommendations yet.

“Everything comes down to finances but we will look at it and see what we can do,” he said.

The Village of Lumby must also review the master plan, which ultimately must be approved by the Regional District of North Okanagan board.