Renewal: Arts, Culture & Heritage

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Renewing Arts, Culture and Heritage

Preserve • Present • Promote   

Ottawa – Mark Taylor today pledged to continue renewing the fabric of our community’s arts, culture and heritage in Ottawa.  As a community, we have set ourselves on a path to dedicated, sustainable and incremental growth. 

Worldwide, cities are recognizing how cultural activity contributes to life in their communities, whether to the local economy or social vitality.  Adopted in 2013, “A Renewed Action Plan For Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa” builds on our past accomplishments and seeks to address outstanding goals in enhancing Ottawa’s confident competitive edge on the world stage. 

I pledge to continue to support Ottawa’s resident artists, its cultural, natural and documentary heritage, and exceptional home-grown festivals and fairs,” said Taylor.  “Arts, culture and heritage are economic drivers and assets in our community,” Taylor added.

Ottawa-Gatineau’s cultural industry represents approximately $1.98 billion per year.

As the National Capital, Ottawa has a responsibility to preserve, present and promote Canadian culture to our residents and visitors, here and abroad.

Multiple festivals, fairs, shows, events, expositions, theatre productions, concerts and happenings challenge the long held belief that Ottawa is a boring city.  The benefit of our local arts, culture and heritage can be experienced daily, on our streets, in our presentation spaces and museums, supported by public and private jobs and volunteers.

In a piece titled Municipal Election 2014 in the Spring 2014 edition of the CAO Circular, Executive Director of the Council for the Arts in Ottawa, Peter Honeywell, praised Taylor's commitment to arts, culture and heritage in Ottawa saying, "Over the past term of Council he has been a strong supporter of the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture and has championed the scheduled culture budget increases." Honeywell added, "[Taylor] is an impressive Chair who runs his meetings efficiently and respectfully. He will be tough to beat."

Though much progress has been made, there is still much more to do.  If re-elected, Taylor plans to seek ways to increase public and private investment per capita for arts, culture and heritage in Ottawa, making us competitive with other major cities.   

To learn more:
Email: Info@GoTaylor.ca
Call: 613-699-8163

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