Summerland Review – June 11, 2018
In 2015 this council publicly and formally showed their commitment to the value of culture by including a fourth ‘pillar’, in the district’s strategic plan.
By doing so, council acknowledged that culture is as essential to a vibrant, healthy community as matters relating to the economy, the environment, and the social wellbeing of residents.
In September 2016, council adopted the community Cultural Plan, a guiding document that, with input from more than 2,500 residents, identifies five key strategic directions.
The strategies build on the community’s values (see below) and can guide Summerland’s cultural development into the future.
A statement in the Summerland Cultural Plan reads, “The arts; the character of the community; the quality of life; the community’s history and heritage; and local agriculture … are what make the community unique. These [values] are what define Summerland’s culture.”