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Olympic-sized forum

By Nicole Fitzgerald

The Sea to Sky Cultural Alliance moves forward with more than 140 community representatives exploring future opportunities to strengthen and promote the arts at the Sea to Sky Cultural Forum, Nov. 18 at the Sea to Sky Hotel in Squamish.

“I think the timing couldn’t be better,” said event director Heather Sharpe. “It’s almost a pre-formation of what could be a skeleton for a Cultural Olympiad.”

The forum aims to mobilize communities to build on existing opportunities and actions over the next five years, connecting them with governments, strategic partners and community leaders to leverage the opportunities the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games present.

The invitation-only, daylong engagement is hosted by Alliance members Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, mayor of the district of West Vancouver, and Max Wyman, major of Lions Bay.

Featured inspirational forum speakers include Jane Milner, assistant deputy minister to Stan Hagen, West Vancouver-Garibaldi MLA Joan McIntyre, and Minster of Tourism, Sport and the Arts . Representatives from the Alliance for Arts and Culture in Vancouver, the Okanagan Cultural Alliance and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Committee will share relevant experiences and recommendations as well.

The Alliance has held monthly meetings with select stakeholders over the past six months and now aims to build a broader consensus on the benefits of collaborating to create an economic-generating cultural corridor.

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