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Cultural Services

Photo of Lanterns by local artist Mark NisenholtCultural Services & Events oversees and implements the City of Thunder Bay Cultural Policy and the Inspire Thunder Bay Culture Plan. The section advises City Council on issues, policies and strategies related to cultural enterprises and activity in the city. Cultural Services & Events develops and manages cultural support programs, manages the City's Public Art collection, participates in City planning and undertakes special initiatives approved by Council. 

The section's activities are informed by research and analysis of trends in Thunder Bay's cultural sector and best practices in other cities. Cultural Services & Events receives advice and recommendations on the implementation of the Cultural Policy and Culture Plan through advisory committees.

Magnus Theatre

The vitality of Thunder Bay's arts and heritage community is celebrated throughout the year with a repertoire of performances, programs, exhibitions and events. The City of Thunder Bay supports cultural excellence through funding programs, education and communication, building partnerships and resources, providing leadership, and policy development and research.

The Benefits of Culture
The research conducted for the policy review demonstrated that culture creates significant benefits in Thunder Bay. These benefits can be summarized under the following eight headings:

  1. Quality of LifeSummer in the Parks
  2. Economic Impact
  3. Population Growth
  4. Community Identity and Pride
  5. Social Capital and Cohesion
  6. Attraction and Retention of Professionals and a Skilled Workforce
  7. Success of Our Youth
  8. Thunder Bay's Regional Role

For updates about the people, experiences, places and resources
of Thunder Bay's arts, culture and heritage community follow us at:
Culture and Events Thunder Bay Facebook    TBayCulture Twitter Link

For information about these or other Cultural Services & Events initiatives contact:

City of Thunder Bay

Recreation & Culture Division

Contact: Leah Prentice
Tel: 625-2416
Fax: 684-9240