The first year of a plan to support the creative industries on PEI has just wrapped up. Cultivating Growth: A Five-Year Action Plan for Culture and Creative Industries of PEI sets forth the Government of PEI’s strategy to grow the sector.
“The Culture Action Plan was created to allow this community to grow,” says Michelle MacCallum, Director of Cultural Development with Innovation PEI.
“It signals to the world our culture is important and the creative industries are a good career path to take. We worked with industry members to create a plan to achieve good incomes and outcomes.”
Creative PEI reports about 2,000 people work in the creative industries on PEI. “It is challenging to determine an exact number because some people work in more than one career, and some of the work is seasonal.”
Creative industries include:
- Theatre & Dance
- Writing & Publishing
- Video Gaming
- Craft & Design
- Libraries, Museums & Heritage
- Visual & Contemporary Art
“The plan looks at ways people can gain skills by working with others. For example, the Theatre Mentorship Program allows mentors to help pass along knowledge to keep the sectors vibrant. Learning by doing through internships, workshops and job shadowing are strategic training opportunities.”
The role of technology
“The craft industry has always been an exporter and is good at attracting tourists to PEI. Websites like www.Etsy.ca are helping PEI craftspeople promote and sell their work globally. Film PEI is looking at web platforms that could help export more local films.”
Networking and partnerships
Third Thursdays is a mixer held every two months at different venues on PEI. “This is a way for people from various sectors to see what others are doing, and to seek cross-cultural collaborations such as music and video game design. It also brings a sense of community and a sense of pride.”
Search Third Thursdays on Facebook to find the next event.
For more information on the Culture Action Plan, call 902-368-5775. Follow on Facebook.
View the report Cultivating Growth: A Five-Year Action Plan for Culture and Creative Industries of PEI at www.princeedwardisland.ca and search Culture Action Plan.
For more about Creative PEI, call 902-367-3844 or visit www.creativepei.ca.