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Arts and culture census begins in Prince George

The Community Arts Council of Prince George & District is conducting a city-wide survey in order to quantify the composition of the arts community in Prince George.

The inventory project is being conducted as part of the CAC’s 50th anniversary, celebrated today at an Open House event held at Studio 2880.

The survey is available at princegeorgeculture.com and has been designed to gather information from individuals, businesses, and organizations about the arts and culture activities they are providing or pursuing. The survey will be accessible until March 1, 2019.

“Our goal with this project is to develop a comprehensive and detailed portrait of arts and culture in Prince George and demonstrate just how widespread it is,” says Sean Farrell, Community Arts Council Executive Director. “We’re really trying to be broad in how we characterize arts and cultural pursuits and we hope this will encourage residents to participate in the survey and enable us to capture what they do. We believe that almost everyone in the Prince George could participate in this survey, not just those who are “professional” or make their living as artists.”

The new cultural inventory survey is part of a suite of special initiatives being undertaken during the 50th anniversary year of the Community Arts Council. These initiatives include archival and celebratory projects, such as a new book entitled “An Arts Compendium”, edited by local historian Trelle Morrow, that looks back on the past half century of arts and culture in Prince George and which was also officially released today. These initiatives help close this important 50-year chapter in the history of the organization and create a platform for planning work being done to develop a new arts-based community centre in the city’s downtown core.

The Community Arts Council is planning to move from 2880 – 15th Avenue to 1310 – 3rd Avenue, which is situated at 3rd and Quebec. The inventory project will inform planning for the development of the new arts-based community centre and other efforts to incorporate arts and culture into municipal planning and development. The survey is being funded by a grant from the City of Prince George.