Island Arts Initiative

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.

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CreativePEI is funded in whole or in part by the Canada/Prince Edward Island Labour Market Agreements.

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Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the land on which we operate is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq Peoples. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. We recognize that true reconciliation is an ongoing process. Acknowledging territory and First Peoples should take place within the larger context of genuine and ongoing work to forge real understanding, and to challenge the legacies of colonialism.