Saskatoon’s municipal Culture Plan was approved by City Council on September 12, 2011. The Culture Plan outlines the role that the City of Saskatoon can play in culture and serves as a planning and investment guide.
Since adopting the Culture Plan in 2011 the City has grown and changed. The Remai Modern Art Gallery is now open, work is underway on the new home for the Children’s Discovery Museum in the Mendel building, new festivals and culture activities are on the rise, and Saskatoon is seen as one of the youngest and fastest growing cities in Canada.
In the summer of 2017 the City embarked on a Culture Plan Refresh to take stock of the progress made in implementing the 2011 Culture Plan, and to ensure that the Plan adapts to changing social, economic, and cultural landscape environments.
The City of Saskatoon Culture Plan Refresh achieves three main goals:
- Reviews the implementation recommendations of the 2011 Culture Plan and identifies the recommendations that have been completed or remain a priority
- Engages with Saskatoon’s cultural community
- Develops Culture Plan priorities and implementation recommendations for the 2018 – 2022 period
The Culture Plan Refresh is not an entirely new cultural plan or a fundamental rethinking of cultural planning and development in the city. Rather, the new Plan builds on and updates the 2011 Culture Plan so that it remains a relevant and responsive guide over the next five years.
The Culture Plan Refresh is now in the final stages of preparation and will be completed in spring of 2018.
Cultural Investment Reports
The City of Saskatoon has participated in two reports on Cultural Investments:
- Cultural Investments by the City of Saskatoon (a study on direct cultural investments by seven Canadian municipalities from 2009 - 2012)
- Indirect Cultural Investments (a study on indirect cultural investments by eight Canadian municipalities in 2016)
The City of Saskatoon and the University of Saskatchewan have partnered to undertake a series of community and cultural mapping projects. The purpose of these mapping projects is to better understand the scope and impact of culture in Saskatoon, both at the city-wide level and at the neighbourhood level and how it impacts quality of life.
“Hidden Histories” is a seven-essay compilation of Saskatoon’s memory of the First World War researched and wrtitten by University of Saskatchewan student Eric Story in 2015.
In the summer of 2014 two University of Saskatchewan students updated and expanded Saskatoon's cultural facilities map and inventory.