New Coordinator Hired To Develop Arts & Culture Sector
A new Cultural Coordinator has been hired to help strengthen the arts and culture sector in Cornwall and S D & G.
Iroquois resident Bruce Davis has been hired by the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Community Futures Development Corporation (SDG CFDC) to spearhead the development of the area’s cultural sector and implement the recently-completed Culturescape initiative.
“It’s something that I’m very passionate about,” said Mr. Davis, a producer with over 13 years of experience in the film and television industry. “There’s a well-established cultural sector in S D & G and there’s so much potential. I’m excited to take on this challenge and make it grow.”
"With an extensive knowledge of the creative arts, arts management and media production, Bruce will bring a different and dynamic aspect to the cultural coordinator position," said François Désormeaux, Executive Director of the SD &G Community Futures Development Corporation. "The staff at the SD&G CFDC is excited about his arrival and looks forward to working with a new team member."
A native of Toronto, Mr. Davis moved to the area 7 years ago with his wife Janet, who is originally from Morrisburg.
“I fell in love with it immediately,” Mr. Davis said.
The new Cultural Coordinator isn’t wasting any time in his new position. One of his first actions was to meet with the City of Cornwall’s Cultural Plan Committee, a group of community members that are tasked with reviewing the Culturescape initiative.
Mr. Davis sees the Culturescape repot as the first step towards strengthening the community from an arts and culture perspective. His first task is to finalize a database of the region's cultural assets and to make the database accessible to the public. He plans to meet with representatives of the arts and culture sector to verify their data and to discuss in greater detail what their needs are. Plans are also in the works to host an Arts Summit in September where local residents will be able to learn about success stories from other communities in the areas of arts and culture.
The Cultural Plan – also known as Culturescape – is an extensive document that contains a series of recommendations aimed at furthering cultural development in the Cornwall region. The plan was prepared by Sierra Planning and Management. Funding partners included the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Creative Community Prosperity Fund), the City of Cornwall, the S D & G Community Futures Development Corporation and the Eastern Ontario Training Board. Among other things, the Cultural Plan recommends the following:
- Support the development of an independent Regional Arts Council.
- Develop policies describing the role of local municipalities in cultural development.
- Develop the cultural tourism sector and support the development of new tourism experiences that showcase and celebrate culture.
- Develop an arts and culture facility.
- Maintain an online Cultural Asset Inventory.
The full Cultural Plan can be found at www.sdgculture.ca.