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Doors Open Recap

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The first year of Doors Open PEI was a huge success! The weather was cooperating and on our side. A lot of people were out and about enjoying the sunshine and exploring downtown Charlottetown like never before.

The locations that opened their doors for the first annual Doors Open PEI event were The Haviland Club, PEI Potters Studio, St. James Presbyterian Church “The Kirk”, The Old Protestant Burying Ground, Confederation Centre of the Arts, The Great George Hotel, Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, City Hall and the Charlottetown Fire Department.

If you were in attendance this year and want to provide feedback to make things better for next year, please consider completing a quick survey at this link.

Planning for next year is already in the works. We’re asking new arts, historical and culture locations across this beautiful island to open their doors for the first time. We are looking forward to it! Are you?


Culture PEI Relaunches as Creative PEI

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Creative PEI is not only a new name but a new approach. Creative PEI is expanding its scope beyond arts and culture to include all of the creative industries. Creative PEI is keeping Culture PEI’s worker-first focus.

“There are no creative industries without creative people. Our goal is to establish the conditions for creative people to flourish and contribute to the economy and quality of life on PEI,” says Mark Sandiford, Executive Director of Creative PEI.

The UK government Department of Culture, Media and Sport defines creative industries as: “those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property”.

Province of PEI Releases its Culture and Creative Industries Strategy

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The Government of Prince Edward Island will spend an additional $3.5 million on culture and creative industries on PEI over the next five years under its new strategy.

The document, Cultivating Growth, was released on November 20 and includes many changes to the bureaucracy around creative industries and a fund to support expansion in the PEI film industry.

The strategy lists 39 other action items, including:

  • A creative industries secretariat to support creative industries and manage cultural development opportunities
  • An advisory council to identify and support artist live-work spaces
  • A policy to use Island music and film in government promotional material
  • New and expanded training and mentorship programs for theatre and film
  • Investment in a craft development centre
  • A digital archive of the P.E.I. heritage and museum collection

The strategy was created with input from focus groups, group interviews and pop-up cafés across P.E.I. this year, as well as a public online survey which gathered more than 1,500 responses.

The full Cultivating Growth document can be found here.