Cultural Plan calls for destination Museum and Art Gallery
The City has released its new Cultural Plan, replacing an outdated strategy that expired in 2003. With a focus on physical infrastructure and human capital, the plan seeks to ”enhance urbanization through arts and heritage.”
According to an inventory exercise, there are currently 30 arts and heritage facilities in Surrey, 22 of them publicly operated. Only 7 of the public facilities are purpose-built for arts or heritage functions. There are over 120 organizations in the community whose missions revolved around culture or the arts.
The Plan recognizes the untapped resources and potential for culture within the community, as well as the existing space shortages resulting from rapid growth. Some of the key strategies proposed to address these issues:
- Inclusion of a destination Museum and Art Gallery of national significance in the planned City Centre Performing Arts Centre. These facilities would complement the existing Surrey Museum and Surrey Art Gallery, which would focus on a community mandate.
- Proceed with Phase Two expansion of the Surrey Museum as soon as possible to alleviate overcrowding and make feasible the accommodation of natural exhibitions and the safe management of existing collections.
- Complete the construction of interim arts space at the South Surrey Recreation Centre and plan for a larger, standalone cultural centre in South Surrey.
- Locate future arts and heritage facilities within the Town Centres to expand the range of activities available in these hubs.
- Develop a Cultural Marketing Plan to raise awareness of arts and heritage, with a focus on social media and improved branding of venues
- Introduce innovative zoning and urban development strategies to help create affordable artists studio/loft units and exhibit and performance spaces.
- Establish a Cultural Grants Program to provide financial stability to non-profit arts organizations in Surrey.
- Develop a Strategic Arts and Heritage Plan for Guildford and Cloverdale.