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Kingston is recognized as a community rich in arts, heritage and culture that benefit residents and make the city an attractive place for people to visit. City-run facilities and programs, combined with Council approved policies and strategies, aim to nurture, sustain and preserve the diversity of cultural elements that enrich the life of the city. The Arts and Culture Services and Heritage Services departments are a part of the City’s Business, Environment and Projects division and functions as a municipal cultural development agency that supports cultural vitality in the community. The work of the department was established through the City’s first-ever Kingston Culture Plan (2010) and continues to evolve in response to Council Strategic priorities and in response to community needs. Over the last decade, significant work has been done to complete the recommendations identified in the Kingston Culture Plan and new key directions have emerged that inform the work today across four core service areas: asset management, programming, sector development and cultural development.

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