The real challenge of our time is to complete the system we have given rise to—to build the broader creative society that can harness the creative energy we have unleashed and mitigate the turmoil and disruption that it generates.
- Richard Florida, The Rise of the Creative Class
The Guelph Cultural Mapping Project, a collaborative undertaking between the City of Guelph, the Guelph Arts Council, and the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, was officially launched yesterday at the River Run Center. The goal of the project is to take an inventory of all of Guelph’s cultural assets, including artist's studios, businesses, festivals, writers, musicians, and many other elements in Guelph's cultural scene. The project gives people who work in the culture industry a place to post what they do and where they are. Given its ambitious nature and how many moving parts there are to the project, its launch was very impressive. So far, there are over 350 individuals and organizations on the map. Guelph is very lucky to have such a diverse inventory of creative types living and breathing in this city. This is a major part of what has made and will continue to make Guelph successful.
If you are a visual artist, photographer, art gallery owner, busker, musician, or letterpress printer extraordinaire, check out the site and get yourself on the map. It is interesting and very user-friendly.