Hanover is developing its first Cultural Plan which will be launched this weekend to coincide with Culture Days - a Provincial celebration.
The Culture Plan kick off will coincide with the long awaited unveiling of Hanover’s new 80 by 20 foot mural that will overlook Heritage Square.
World renown artist Gary McLaughlin will be on hand on Saturday September 29th, at 11 am to reveal his masterpiece which he has been working on for months.
There are a number of other events taking place this weekend including: a Hanover Heritage Committee Artifacts Road Show, an Autumn Leaves Studio Tour, a Self Guided Walking Tour of the Saugeen Artist Guild Street Banners and on Sunday a free skate (11 am) and a 5km Beer Run to celebrate Culture Days.
Economic Development Manager April Marshall is very excited about the launch of Hanover’s Cultural Plan.
She says the Plan will promote the Town as a creative and vibrant community with rich and diverse cultural resources that contribute to growing the economy and enhancing quality of life.
Marshall says the opportunity to connect, enhance and promote our arts and culture is an important element in our economic development efforts.
She adds cultural planning creates a shared vision, a sense of pride in our community and assists in our job and investment attraction efforts.
The Cultural Plan will establish a cultural vision for the Town as well as identify concrete strategies and actions to support cultural and broader economic development goals.
She says the first step in the Cultural Plan is completing a cultural mapping exercise, which develops an inventory of cultural resources with the community.
The next step will be a community engagement process to seek ideas and input to help shape the vision, directions and priorities of the Cultural Plan.
This will involve gather input from cultural and heritage groups, the business community and all interested residents in the form of focus groups and online and telephone surveys.
A consulted firm has been hired to lead the project, gather the public input and compile the findings for the Town in early 2019.