The Grey Highlands Cultural Channel is an exciting initiative that brings community and culture together! Find it on Channel 251 with digital cable, or visit our three library branches and the South Grey Museum to view it. The Channel shines a cultural spotlight on Grey Highlands and its surrounding areas – author readings, art displays, musical performances, sports activities and more! Ongoing workshops are provided upon demand to help community members develop and Submit Content for the channel.
In 2014, the Grey Highlands Public Library and the South Grey Museum received funding through the Cultural Development Fund that provided opportunities to increase and enhance the sustainability of the local cultural sector. These opportunities included policy and development training for local boards / committees, the growth of community collaborations and public round-tables to invite ideas and involvement.
In 2015 the partners, along with Eastlink (formerly Markdale Communications), announced the launch of a new community cultural channel. This project was made possible with grant funding provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and through partnerships with the local museum, municipality, cable television provider, and other community organizations.
In 2017, we also presented at the Ontario Library Association‘s 2017 Super Conference to raise awareness of the cultural channel on Wednesday, February 1st. From concept to launch, this presentation explored the many aspects of this innovative project. Topics included: planning, funding, and starting a library/cultural/community channel; developing collaborative partnerships with local community partners; development of video and poster TV and YouTube content; equipment, tools, and training techniques; challenges and strategies for community engagement; and how libraries have an opportunity to play a leadership role in helping to promote culture in the community.
Click below to view the archive of our Cultural Newsletter. You can also use the link to sign up for our eNewsletter using your email address. This initiative was put in place at the same time as the Cultural Channel in order to have an alternate way for patrons to keep track of current and upcoming resources and events being held either through the library or various local groups.