Submitted by Heather Sinclair, CEO for Creative Enterprises.
March 5th, 6th and 7th Creative Enterprise Initiative will be parked in cafés in Hespeler, Galt and Preston, as we make the first of many rounds to gather more information on the myriad of local creative
endeavours that make Cambridge such a wonderful place to live. We invite you to stop by to share your ideas and your stories. There is nothing formal about it.
As some of you may know, CEI is taking on production and management on the next phase of a regional arts portal. This portal will have two overarching goals – one is to provide a robust “go-to” website
that delivers real-time information on the breadth and depth of what is going on creatively in our communities. It will include a comprehensive calendar of what’s going on, along with many other informative
and engaging features. The second goal is to provide cultural creators with online access to resources and services that will enable their on-going success (eg. information on Chamber of Commerce membership
and access to the health and dental benefits program, access to specific types of expertise, templates for writing sponsorship proposals, board governance document samples, links to local, provincial
and federal funding sources and so on). The project will not only help us and our neighbours keep up on local happenings, but will also help those people well beyond our ‘borders’ to know what’s going on
in the region as well.
We welcome all input and suggestions on what you think would be meaningful and relevant to include in this portal. No idea is too small – no idea is too big. We are building upon great work that has already
been done. We have culled ideas and needs from the existing research that was gathered over the past few years as the community at large helped to define our mandate, while we have also received some
great input from an online survey that was put out to our mailing list this past December. We will spend several weeks roaming from town to township and back again as we take the general pulse of local
creators and hear their stories. Our efforts to date have been fruitful as we’ve grown the cultural database from 200 to almost 1500 entities, and our aim is to get it to 5,000 and beyond. But all of this is just
one element of our work to make our region the best place to live, work, play and stay, and we will only be able to succeed with your help and guidance.
Please join us. We would love to hear your stories and ideas. And bring a friend.
Monday March 5th – Java Garden, Hespeler 10am-5pm
Tuesday March 6th – Melville Café, Galt 10am-6pm
Wednesday March 7th – Creative Cup, Preston 10am-5pm
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