Culture and the creative economy it cultivates are seen – in rural Ontario – as one of the pillars in economic
development and a yardstick with which to measure the vitality and quality of life available to its residents.
A stronger local, regional and provincial economy will be realized through gate receipts, product sales, business development opportunities and growth of the hospitality industries that support the increases in arts and cultural programming.
The former Blyth Public School has sat empty for over two years, and the Village of Blyth feels the loss of this institution deeply. By developing this space for cultural, arts and heritage uses that engage and attract youth, the region will once again feel the energy that a vibrant demographic contributes to the community.
The Village Plan will appeal to diverse audiences.
Artists – emerging, established, national or international contemporary artists who have a demonstrated commitment to innovation and exploration.
Arts and Culture Professionals – educators, instructors,
administrative staff, directors, costume and set designers, musicians, sound design, filmmakers, writers, casting agents – these dynamic individuals and so many more support the creative economy.
Residents of the Village of Blyth and surrounding communities – community support is extremely high and the momentum continues to build. This five-year cultural initiative has both county-wide and country-wide reach and support. The improvement of existing facilities, opportunities for students, and meaningful employment in the arts, tourism, education, retail, and
construction sectors will all benefit from this project.
As the project grows permanent relocations to Blyth will increase population and the local tax base.
Youth – the aim of the initiative is to attract and retain youth by offering unique educational opportunities and meaningful employment while building capacity and partnership among community stakeholders to increase quality of life for all through the arts and culture.
Visitors / Guests – our central location is approximately one hour from London, two hours from Toronto and Hamilton and a manageable drive from Kitchener/ Waterloo, Cambridge, Woodstock, Stratford, Bayfield and Sarnia making this an ideal location for the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity to attract a broader clientele and push capacity from the current four months to 12 months of a year.
User Groups – a comprehensive marketing plan will promote state-of-the-art facilities to user groups within North Huron and its neighbouring municipalities..