Following the presentation of the Feasibility Study for the North Central Canada Centre of Arts and Environment in 2017 the Executive Council decided to host an annual Inspiration Series to continue exploration and discussion on this project. In March, NCCCAE hosted the third inspiration series, Inspiration Series 3.0 – Developing a Northern Vision
Inspiration Series 3.0 focused on implementing the strategic plan for the City of Flin Flon, Flin Flon: Our Community, specifically focusing on three strategic areas from the plan: infrastructure renewal, economic development, and recreation & leisure. The city’s strategic plan was adopted in May 2019.
Inspiration Series 3.0 focused on community consultations led by Hazel Borys, Managing Principal of PlaceMakers, an international company that uses diverse strategies to support economic development.
According to its website, Placemakers aims to “address the full scope of placemaking — planning and urban design, context-specific coding, community engagement, implementation, and the marketing of great places — and put our focus on the kind of viability that turns vision into reality. ” Through extensive consultation with Flin Flon leaders and community groups, Hazel identified a list of key strategies to support Flin Flon and area in developing a vision for a strong future.
View the strategies that emerged from these consultations on the document below.
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Following the presentation of the Feasibility Study for the North Central Canada Centre of Arts and Environment in 2017 the Executive Council decided to host an annual Inspiration Series to continue exploration and discussion on this project.
In the fall (Culture Days) of 2017, Inspiration Series 1.0 – Building Knowledge was offered in the community with knowledge keepers from across Canada in addition to renowned geometrist and architect Jon Allen from London, England. This course explored our boreal and pre-cambrian environment. We learned about how we are connected globally and the unique qualities that our region has to offer including our Cultures and our Environment.
In January 2019, The Flin Flon Arts Council coordinated a second North Central Canada Centre of Arts and Environment Seminar called INSPIRATION SERIES: KNOWLEDGE AND DEVELOPMENT 2.0
For this occasion three influential women were invited to our community to speak with a variety of arts organizations, municipalities, the Flin Flon School Division and The Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre about how arts and culture has become a vibrant tool for economic diversification in our communities, especially in light of the potential transition that might be experienced due to the potential mine closure.
Our guests were Janice Price – Banff Centre CEO, Dorothy Dobbie – Pegasus Publishing and Jean Giguere – Member of the Order of Canada. These women have a vast array of experiences including working with all levels of governments, running national organizations and creative projects that involve new capital infrastructure, starting national festivals and collectively are on many National Boards. (See attached)
Attached below is the final report from the Jan 2019 event, Inspiration Series 2.0.
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The NCCCAE hosted its pilot course, the NCCCAE Building Knowledge Course, at the end of September. A diverse group of thirteen students gathered to explore the principles underpinning holistic approaches to sustainable living, traditional design and community, and geometry as expressed in nature and built form. It was a powerful and enriching experience for both students and instructors alike. The course was highlighted in a feature article in The Flin Flon Reminder. Highlights of the event were also posted on youtube and marketed by pistacioconsulting.com.
As an extension of the course, the community at large was invited to attend a public lecture series held throughout the week, where the visiting instructors shared their knowledge, research and approaches with guests.
Below are photos from the week-long course, taken by Hilary McDonald, archeological photographer and an instructor with the NCCCAE Building Knowledge course.
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Flin Flon and area community members are invited to attend these public lectures this upcoming week as part of the NCCCAE Building Knowledge course.
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