In 2020, CreativePEI applied to Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund seeking funding for a transformational initiative aimed at improving the digital and collective strength of PEI’s arts and culture workers.
In March of 2021, we received funding to conduct a feasibility study in collaboration with key arts and culture organizations on PEI to determine their organizations’ needs in relation to the creation of a new digital strategy. Innovation PEI and TourismPEI were also consulted in these initial discussions.
It was determined through these consultations that a media-rich content portal and directory would provide the biggest benefit to the sector by enhancing the discoverability of Island artists and businesses.
The project plans to create a digital platform promoting Island-based cultural activities, artists, products, and services to increase awareness of local arts and culture workers and to attract creative professionals to PEI.
The Island Arts Initiative will develop a sustainable digital infrastructure that will both inform and entertain audiences by producing a mixture of Island-driven content that includes written content, photos, videos, and more. The platform may eventually implement an e-commerce engine that will assist our Island’s arts and culture workers to sell their work online.
The next step is to create a proof of concept that demonstrates the portal’s potential functionality.