Get involved in the future of Kelowna’s creative spaces

The Bear at Jim Stuart Park is one of Kelowna's most beloved public art installations.

KELOWNA - The City of Kelowna is gathering information to support a 2017 update to the city’s cultural plan. On Monday, April 11, the city released a Creative Spaces Needs and Issues Survey.

“The survey will allow us learn more about what creative and production spaces are currently being used by independent artists and groups, identify problems and issues encountered in those spaces, and identify unique artistic discipline space needs,” Sandra Kochan, Cultural Services Manager, said. “The survey, along with stakeholder focus groups, will help to inform long-range planning for cultural infrastructure and development of cultural policy and programs.”

Artists, arts and culture groups and organizations, cultural workers, arts administrators, artistic discipline teachers and students or those interested in living, working or conducting business in a creative environment are invited to provide their input through the online survey at The survey will be available until end of day Sunday, July 3.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and requests detailed information about current and desired workspaces. Participants who include their contact information in a completed survey will be automatically entered into a prize draw.

The city’s cultural plan describes a number of strategies to identify different types of affordable spaces devoted to creative production for both visual and performing artists. Community consultations during and after development of the plan revealed a continuing, unmet need for flexible rehearsal and performance spaces, studios for active fabrication and flexible meeting and gathering spaces.

For more information about the city’s current Cultural Plan, please visit

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