Ottawa, Ontario Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee

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Type: Policy

Status: Ongoing

Source File: http://www.ottawa.ca/city_hall/mayor_council/advisory_committees/arts/index_en.html

Description:

Mandate
The City of Ottawa's Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee will provide leadership, advice and assistance to Ottawa City Council, through the Health, Recreation and Social Services Committee, on the development and implementation of (i) municipal arts and culture policies, programs and development initiatives in all disciplines; and (ii) heritage policies (excepting heritage designations), by-laws, strategies and programs to support museums, heritage events and programming, archives, historic sites and collections and the preservation and interpretation of monuments, memorials, structures and natural and archaeological sites.

Responsibilities
The Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee shall be responsible for:

  • Providing a forum for groups and organizations interested in preserving or promoting arts, heritage and cultural resources, to raise issues and concerns;
  • Providing advice and guidance to Ottawa City Council, through the Health, Recreation and Social Services Committee, on the implementation of the Ottawa 20/20 Arts and Heritage Plan, and to ensure the City of Ottawa's commitment to the approved Ottawa 20/20 plan for the arts;
  • Providing advice and guidance to Ottawa City Council, through the Health, Recreation and Social Services Committee, on the implementation of the Ottawa 20/20 Arts and Heritage Plan, and to ensure the City of Ottawa's commitment to the approved Ottawa 20/20 plan for heritage, and to the ongoing development of heritage policies, by-laws, strategies and programs to support museums, archives, historic sites and collections and the preservation and interpretation of monuments, memorials, structures and natural and archaeological sites;
  • Conducting advocacy on behalf of Ottawa's arts, heritage and cultural communities;
  • Providing advice and guidance on the implementation of Ottawa's municipal arts, heritage and cultural policies and by-laws and other corporate policies which may affect arts, heritage and culture;
  • Advising on ways to increase the commitment to, and further public understanding of, arts, heritage and culture issues;
  • Providing advice and guidance on the success of Ottawa's arts, heritage and culture funding, development, facility, community and public arts, heritage and cultural activity and initiatives, and recommend changes as required;
  • Reporting to Committee and City Council on the "state of the arts, heritage and culture" in Ottawa and resulting social, quality-of-life and economic impacts;
  • Promoting the integration and linkage of arts, heritage and cultural policy and activity across all government levels throughout all sectors within the community-at-large;
  • Advising on the implementation of applicable policies arising out of legislation in the fields of arts, heritage and culture, which may have an impact on such issues in the City; and
  • Liaising with the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee on heritage matters, and other committees, boards, task forces, etc., on arts, heritage and cultural issues, as required.

Organization
The Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee shall have a citizen membership of 18 - 22 and shall be composed of:

  • Ottawa citizens with interest and/or expertise in professional and community arts and/or interest or expertise in heritage issues, reflect the full range and diversity of Ottawa's citizens, and that the membership of the Committee shall represent, as much as possible, an equal interest between the arts and heritage;
  • A minimum of one citizen appointment representing the rural community.

The process for choosing membership for the Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee will follow the approved Appointments Policy. The Health, Recreation and Social Services Committee and Ottawa City Council shall approve all appointments to the Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee.

In addition, the Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee shall have in a resource, liaison and/or advisory capacity, the following:

  • 2 staff representatives from the People Services Department (Office of Cultural Affairs - Arts Development and Heritage Development) (non-voting)
  • A minimum of 1 member of Ottawa City Council, appointed by Council to act as a liaison (non-voting)

Lead Department/Reporting Relationship
The People Services Department shall be the lead department for the Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee. The Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee shall report through the Health, Recreation and Social Services Committee to City Council.

Workplans and Annual Reports
The Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee must report annually to City Council through the Health, Recreation and Social Services Committee (timing to be determined by the Chair, Advisory Committee Coordinator and City Clerk) on the activities of the Committee in the current year and on the Committee's workplan for the following year.

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