What is Cultural Mapping? 

Cultural mapping is recognized as an essential planning and economic development tool in municipalities across Canada and around the world. Cultural mapping is defined as:

A systematic approach to identifying, recording, classifying, and analyzing a community’s cultural resources.

How is this useful?

Cultural Mapping informs municipal planning:

Identifying and mapping cultural assets strengthens the base of information that can be used to inform future planning and decision-making in any municipality.  Cultural planning of course benefits from cultural mapping, but so does land use planning, economic development, and tourism.

Cultural Mapping raises awareness of cultural assets:

Consolidated databases of cultural assets support marketing and promotion to both residents and tourists.

Cultural Mapping supports cultural development:

The subjective nature of what “counts” as culture can lead to disconnection and distinction within the cultural community.  A cultural map is a stronger base of information that strengthens and creates networking and partnership opportunities, and encourages people to view their community using a cultural lens.  More collaboration contributes to a higher quality of life and overall community well-being, and stimulates new economic opportunities in multiple sectors.

For additional information on Cultural Mapping in Canada, see:

Creative City Toolkit

Municipal Cultural Planning Toolkit

Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport

Core elements of Ontario’s draft Culture Strategy

Objectives

The objectives of the Norfolk County Cultural Map are:

  • Promote arts, culture, and heritage creators, industries, events, programs, and services.
  • Increase or enhance economic opportunities, including tourism, for Norfolk County’s creative sector.
  • Create pride and stimulate interest in Norfolk County’s culture and heritage.