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Arts & Culture

Project Overview

Developing the first-ever Community Arts & Culture Framework to expand access to arts and culture opportunities for all residents.

The City of Fort St. John is seeking community input to inform the development of a new Community Arts and Culture (A&C) Framework. This project launched in July 2022. The City is currently undertaking the first round of community and stakeholder engagement, with a second round of engagement anticipated for early 2023.

This project aims to support the local arts and culture scene by creating Fort St. John’s first-ever Community Arts and Culture Framework, strengthening community capacity and bringing social, economic, and cultural benefits to the wider region. The City has identified arts and culture as essential to a vibrant and liveable Fort St. John, contributing to economic growth, reconciliation, and community wellbeing. The Framework aims to support both existing arts and culture in Fort St. John and guide the implementation of new efforts, including programming, partnerships, physical spaces, funding opportunities, and more.

Once completed, the Community Arts and Culture Framework will offer a user-friendly resource that strengthens cultural capacity and builds community connections while delivering a clear and dependable guide for the next decade of arts and culture investment in Fort St. John. Through extensive input from local stakeholders and community members, the A&C Framework seeks to reflect the growing diversity of Fort St. John residents—both old and new—and cement the City’s identity as the Peace Region’s economic and cultural hub.

This project builds on the momentum surrounding arts and culture in Fort St. John, including the City’s recent hiring of a new Arts and Culture Manager and the recently proposed Creative Hub.

The Community Arts and Culture Framework directly supports City of Fort St. John policies, including key goals of the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan (Section 5.0) and the 2017 Official Community Plan (Section 8.4). Further, the City’s Social and Economic Development Framework, completed in 2020, identifies the importance of creating a new plan for arts and culture in Fort St. John.

Project Timeline

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Round 1 Engagement

The first round of engagement sought to inform the public of the Community Arts & Culture Framework and heard residents’ priorities and concerns related to arts and culture in Fort St. John. Feedback collected will inform the direction of the draft Framework.

Telephone Survey

We’ve enlisted the services of Mustel Group to conduct a random sample survey of 200 households to provide input on the new Community Arts & Culture Framework. If you are contacted, please take 5 minutes to answer their questions.

Pop-up Engagement Opportunities

Thursday, August 11 | Music in the Park | Centennial Park | 6:30 pm
Friday, August 12 | TGIFSJ Open Mic Night | Festival Plaza | 5 – 7 pm

Online Survey

The online survey is now closed.

Round 2 Engagement – February 2023

The second round of engagement is anticipated to occur in February 2023, in conjunction with the High on Ice Winter Festival. At this stage, community members will be invited to see how their input has guided the Framework and to share feedback on the draft. The final A&C Framework is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my feedback be used?

Your ideas, priorities and concerns will help shape the direction of the Community Arts & Culture Framework, specifically on opportunities for programming and physical spaces for future arts and culture in the city. 


What is a Community Arts & Culture Framework? What will the Framework include?

The Community Arts & Culture Framework will act as a long-range planning document to guide the development of arts, culture, and heritage in Fort. St John. 

The Framework will consider short- and long-term programming opportunities, physical spaces, and funding opportunities to support local arts and culture. It will also include extensive background and best-practice research (focused on the Fort St. John Context), a detailed feasibility analysis, and inventory of City and community resources and capacity. 


Why does Fort St. John need an Arts & Culture Framework?

Fort St. John offers a rich array of arts and culture interests, activities, communities, and spaces. The Framework will ensure that the City is well-equipped to support community members in their arts and culture endeavours, and expand the reach of these activities to a wider range of residents. The framework will further support areas including economic growth, reconciliation, and community wellbeing.

Arts and culture play a valuable role in supporting economic development, by supporting creative industries and attracting residents and visitors to the city. Further, arts and culture in Fort St. John can cement the city’s status as an important economic and cultural hub of the Peace Region, showcasing the best that the region has to offer. 

Arts and culture can also play a valuable role in supporting reconciliation. The Framework aims to advance reconciliation by supporting and elevating Indigenous artists, makers and knowledge keepers. Finally, local arts and culture boost wellbeing by supporting community cohesion, social connection, and a sense of meaning and belonging.