Cultural mapping project underway

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Discussion is focusing on enhancing the branding of Kings County as a cultural mapping project comes to fruition.

Project manager Genevieve Allen said it’s essential to first identify what assets exist before enhancing cultural branding is possible.

The mapping project has involved a 12-person advisory committee made up of cultural stakeholders and project partners the Kings Regional Development Agency, Alliance of Kings Artists and the County of Kings. There have been two public meetings to gather input.

Allen said the resulting map would be community-driven, accessible and inclusive. Once the database and map are completed, the project will be handed over to the municipality. Allen said there would be many benefits for the municipality and residents alike.

“We anticipate that the map will be used by municipal planners, cultural workers, cultural participants, visitors to the region and people looking to immigrate to the community,” Allen said in a Jan. 15 report to Kings County council’s committee of the whole.

The map represents seven categories of cultural resources, including facilities, organizations, industries, cultural heritage, natural heritage, festivals and events and intangible cultural assets. Intangible assets have been captured through more than 20 digital stories, told through audio, video and still photography.

More than 500 cultural assets have been identified as part of the project, which forms part of the Kings 2050 cultural strategy. More than 1,000 volunteer hours have gone into it so far.

Although it isn’t live yet, users will be able to zoom in and out from the digital, online map and view information boxes on particular cultural assets with the click of a mouse. Allen said there have been significant spin-off benefits for other areas that have completed cultural maps.

The map will be maintained by the Alliance of Kings Artists, with the municipality managing technical aspects. Members of the public will be able to submit suggestions for additions to the map.

If you would like to see the work completed to date, visit www.kingsculturalmap.ca. Council approved a $5,000 grant for the project from municipal economic development funds in July.

Organizations: Alliance of Kings Artists, Kings Regional Development Agency, Kings County council

Geographic location: Kings

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