Culture Strategy

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Culture programs, services and resources are essential to a vibrant and healthy community. Culture builds civic pride, celebrates diversity, shapes a City’s health and identity, and attracts talent and investment for the City to grow and prosper. Culture brings people together, creates conversations, and helps us learn from one another.

The Culture Strategy will build on previous City plans, strategies and policies and will provide a vision and an action plan for strengthening culture delivery and services in Abbotsford.

We want to hear from you: What does Culture mean to you and what do you want Culture in Abbotsford to look like over the next 5-15 years?

Take the online Survey today! You can also subscribe to this page to stay informed about upcoming opportunities for feedback.


Culture programs, services and resources are essential to a vibrant and healthy community. Culture builds civic pride, celebrates diversity, shapes a City’s health and identity, and attracts talent and investment for the City to grow and prosper. Culture brings people together, creates conversations, and helps us learn from one another.

The Culture Strategy will build on previous City plans, strategies and policies and will provide a vision and an action plan for strengthening culture delivery and services in Abbotsford.

We want to hear from you: What does Culture mean to you and what do you want Culture in Abbotsford to look like over the next 5-15 years?

Take the online Survey today! You can also subscribe to this page to stay informed about upcoming opportunities for feedback.


  • Thank you to those who participated in the survey and congratulations to our survey winner! Results will be available in the final Draft Culture Strategy and posted on this website.

    The City of Abbotsford is developing a Culture Strategic Plan designed to guide the City and community’s role and investment in arts, cultural and heritage services.

    The City is seeking input from a wide range of residents on what arts, culture and heritage means to them. We need your help to shape direction and priorities for the future to build a vibrant community!

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin, Culture Coordinator for the City of Abbotsford.

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  • Thank you to those who participated in our online and in-person workshops. Make sure to stay tuned for the next stage of our strategy.


    Join a virtual community workshop to let us know what you have to say about Culture in Abbotsford. At these workshops we will collect new ideas, relay highlights from the State of Culture Report and conduct an asset mapping exercise where you get to inform us on your favourite cultural places in Abbotsford. 

    The workshop will be facilitated by Nordicity in collaboration with the City of Abbotsford

    Location:
    This workshop will be held virtually using ZOOM. A ZOOM meeting invite will be sent to you via your email address closer to the workshop date.

    Please RSVP below!


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  • Thank you to those who have attended our community workshops. Please stay tuned for the next stage of the Culture Strategy.

    Attend a free community workshop to let us know what you have to say about Culture in Abbotsford. At these workshops we will collect new ideas, relay highlights from the State of Culture Report and conduct an asset mapping exercise where you get to inform us on your favourite cultural places in Abbotsford. 

    This is also your opportunity to participate in the Culture Strategy’s Virtual Reality (VR) experience where you can draw in VR what you want Culture in Abbotsford to look like.

    Location:
    Ag Rec Gallery, Abbotsford Exhibition Park
    32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford, BC

    Please RSVP below!

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  • Thank you to those who participated in our Host Your Own Engagement Sessions. Please stay tuned for the next stage in the Culture Strategy.

    We invite individuals, organizations, businesses and collectives of diverse histories and practices to play an active part in the process of shaping the Culture Strategy by “Hosting Your Own Engagement” event with your staff, board, volunteers, members or the general public.

    Do you want to deepen the discussion?  Do you want to ensure your group’s needs are communicated?  Are you looking for methods that better suit your area of interest?  Your input can inform key changes to the community’s arts and culture investments that can have significant impacts on the cultural ecology.

    The conversation you host can get into the details of a topic of vital importance with a small group of people, or it can be broad, involving a larger group of people brought together to generate conversation. The choice is yours!

    Conversation Toolkits will be made available to help facilitate conversation with your group.  The Host Your Own Engagement Grants are intended to support you in hosting these conversations and reporting the findings back to us for inclusion in the Culture Strategy consultation.

    Resources:

    Timeline
    • Optional Information Session: March 3, 2020
    • Applications Open: February 21, 2020
    • Application Deadline: April 6, 2020
    • Selection Review Ongoing
    • Funding Notifications Begin March 6, 2020
    • Engagement must be Completed by April 30, 2020
    • Final Report Due: May 4, 2020
    • Grant Amounts $250 - $500

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