City seeks feedback on culture

Nanaimo wants input on cultural strategy

Residents have an opportunity to voice their opinions on the City of Nanaimo’s cultural strategy.

The session, led by Patricia Blakney Huntsman, an arts and cultural management consultant with Lord Cultural Resources Group, is set for Bowen Park Complex Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The session will provide an opportunity to share with staff and committee members what is important to residents and organizations for future cultural planning and development.

Two workshops will also be offered. The first, led by Allyson McGrane, covers fundraising and grant writing.

Toni O’Keeffe, executive director of communications and public relations at Vancouver Island University, leads the second session on collaborative marketing in the arts and cultural sector.

“We recently distributed a survey to local arts and cultural organizations asking them what was important to them, and the results indicated that the two workshop topics are timely,” said Eveline O’Rourke, chairwoman of the Nanaimo culture committee.

Feedback specific to the city’s cultural strategy is scheduled from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The current cultural strategy and terms of reference are available online at, under parks, recreation and culture.

To register for the workshops, please call 250-756-5200 or visit, barcode 109803.