Above: from left, Janet Foster, Scott Hurst, Quammie Williams, Scott Boyer, Miriam Keegan, Erica Angus. One of the feedback pods at Barrie’s annual Arts Update: photo by Judith Banville
The Barrie arts community got more than an arts and culture report card at the city’s annual update at Barrie’s Southshore Community Centre this week. It got a strong affirmation of Barrie Council’s commitment to its continued existence.
“It’s rare for a city of this size to have a Culture Department,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. Both he and Director of Culture Rudi Quammie Williams stressed their belief that the arts community is a partner in the local economy and that the city’s “strategic investment” in that sector is paying dividends. Lehman credited the approximately 120 arts representatives at the event for enriching the city and contributing its development. “We are now a place that other people are looking to” as a model, he said, “but we’re just the government, and sometimes that means we have to just get out of the way.”
Following the release of the 2012 Culture Report Card and musical performances by The Morals and by dancer Jamie Reisch, attendees met in small groups to offer feedback and suggestions.
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Judith Banville is a Simcoe County writer. Through her business, Word Portraits, she likes to tell people’s stories. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org