The Grey Highlands Cultural Channel is an exciting initiative that brings community and culture together! Find it on Channel 251 with digital cable (our three library branches and the South Grey Museum have a GHCC viewing site for visitors as well). You’ll be able to view posters and videos that shine a cultural spotlight on Grey Highlands and its surrounding areas – author readings, art displays, theatrical productions, 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. Project endeavors included: policy and development training for local boards and advisory committees; the growth of community collaborations and partnerships, and public round-tables to ignite and invite ideas and involvement.
(round-table information and content is archived at www.visitgreyhighlands.ca – select the Cultural Round-table tab at the top of the page).
In 2015 the partners, along with Eastlink (formerly Markdale Communications), announced the launch (PDF) of a new community cultural channel. This project was made possible with grant funding provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and through collaborative 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 funding, equipment, training the public, channel content, and community engagement and involvement.
Presentation Outcomes: Planning, funding, and starting a library/cultural/community channel // Developing collaborative partnerships with local community partners // Development of video and poster content TV and YouTube // Equipment, tools, and training techniques // Strategies for community engagement and involvement (and challenges) // How libraries have opportunity to play leadership/facilitator role in helping to promote culture in the community.