An overview of Connections & Exchanges - Edmonton’s 10-year arts and heritage plan.
Connections & Exchanges: 2019 - 2029
Infuse culture, arts and heritage into every aspect of Edmonton’s civic fabric, support cultural makers and interpreters, and grow Edmonton’s arts and heritage audiences.
City Council directed the Edmonton Arts Council to lead the process of creating a plan to achieve this objective. Connections & Exchanges: A 10-Year Plan To Transform Arts and Heritage In Edmonton was the result, and was a collective effort between the Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Heritage Council, Arts Habitat Edmonton and members of the community. The Plan was approved unanimously by City Council on October 23, 2018. It replaces The Art of Living plan (2008–2018).
Connections & Exchanges is Edmonton's 10-year arts and heritage plan.
Alive With Arts and Heritage
Arts and heritage are fundamental elements of any operational, infrastructural public project—from refurbishments, to civic planning, to new transportation projects.
Private and non-profit enterprises understand and constantly activate and rely on the arts and heritage sector as an essential part of their own endeavours.
Edmonton’s support and integration of arts and heritage in everything it does will be a foundational part of our civic identity.
Alignment with Council’s Strategic Plan
Connections & Exchanges was developed at the same time as the City of Edmonton’s new strategic plan. The ambitions, aims and actions that make up Connections & Exchanges were influenced by, and are purposefully aligned with, the vision, principle and goals emerging from that process.
The plan is contained in three separate books, one for each ambition.
Alongside the actions and under each aim is the way the Measurement, Evaluation and Learning framework will be applied (“How We Will Measure Progress”).
This plan makes a commitment to the Indigenous peoples of this territory. While developing and carrying out implementation plans, the Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Heritage Council, and Arts Habitat Edmonton have committed to the following implementation principle:
*Indigenous peoples have agency in their journeys of revitalizing and participating in traditional, contemporary and future manifestations of their culture (page 59 of Connections & Exchanges).
The principle recognizes that in order for vibrant and diverse Indigenous communities to thrive, cultural organizations need to support making space for Indigenous peoples to exercise autonomy.