Pillars of Prosperity

The Institute has identified four primary Pillars of a sustainable community, which will guide its efforts to ensure a bright future for Southern Georgian Bay.

PILLAR: Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Arts and Culture are the fabric and soul of societies and communities. Not only do they enhance the quality of our lives, they can also fuel community and economic development, branding the community and setting it apart from others.

As well as providing a rich environment for residents and visitors, arts, culture and entertainment can offer significant economic benefits to Southern Georgian Bay, including:

  • Strengthening cultural values and preserving heritage/history
  • Building community character and sense of place
  • Enhancing community “buy-in” – engagement and participation
  • Enhancing economic vitality

Southern Georgian Bay is a unique four-season region that is ripe for greater business opportunities in an area where people appreciate an active and inspired lifestyle. There are already some great arts, culture, dining and entertainment success stories here, such as Blue Mountain Village, the Apple Pie Trail, Feast in the Forest, Dining & the Arts, Theatre Collingwood, Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts; Mad & Noisy Gallery, Meaford Hall & Cultural Centre, Clarksburg/Thornbury Art Galleries, 65Simcoe Street, the Marsh Street Centre and the Georgian Bay Music Foundation.

A meeting was held early in 2014, hosted by Barb Weider with guest speaker Jeremy Freiberger, Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist at Cobalt Connects, to explore opportunities and promote collaboration between groups and the broader community.

Well-represented by individuals from across the sector, including counties and municipalities in Southern Georgian Bay, the session introduced success stories from other collaborative communities and helped to foster awareness and growth in Arts and Culture – as a business, and as a significant contributor to regional tourism and lifestyle.

Discussions continue and a sector working group is being formed.