Cultural facilities may proceed

A new museum and art gallery may be expedited now that a cultural strategy is proceeding

A new museum and art gallery may be expedited now that a cultural strategy is proceeding.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee approved the 2015-2025 cultural plan Thursday and officials insist that paves the way for decisions on future facilities such as an art gallery and museum.

“It creates a framework to deal with them. Before, there was an ad hoc process where the politicians were presented information without providing input,” said director Bob Fleming.

“They will be front and centre in implementation of the plan. They can’t be ignored.”

Chairperson Juliette Cunningham is also confident the cultural plan could address the concerns of the art gallery and museum about inadequate facilities.

“We’re talking about gaps and looking at the needs of all of the cultural organizations,” she said.

“Out of that will come implementation for gaps and needs, including the art gallery and the museum.”

Cunningham would not speculate on when a referendum could possibly be held for cultural amenities.

The cultural plan was developed by GVAC through a steering committee that involved cultural stakeholders and input from 350 residents.

The document covers a number of topics including the scope of cultural services, a criteria-based decision-making process on services, funding allocation, a cultural asset inventory and plan monitoring and update.

“Coming out of the steering committee is the value of education in culture and that they are intertwined,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.

“Everyone is keen to jump into implementation. Implementation will be a fairly quick process.”

The cultural plan must still be ratified by the Regional District of North Okanagan board.