• Just out -- a great Muskoka Life article by Jon Spratt in response to the release of the Creative Economy Study – The Economic Superhero?? Academics, artists, business owners and others are wondering whether the ‘creative economy’ offers Muskoka a way out of its seasonal highs and lows. See below for links to the article:
http://edition.pagesuiteprofessional.co.uk/launch.aspx?referral=other&pnum=&refresh=3t1HrK5012mX&EID=4549c833-05e2-4680-9ad5-5982201b3aad&skip= OR http://www.cottagecountrynow.ca/printeditions
• Presentations made at the Queen’s University conference, Creative Rural Economy - From Theory to Practice by Creative Muskoka and University of Toronto researcher Robyn Shyllit were received with significant interest. Speakers from Scotland and Australia added a global perspective to creative economy movement that is shaping Muskoka and other local economies.
• Word is getting out about Creative Muskoka’s community and research work. Inquiries regarding details of our development and activities have recently come in from Niagara Region and Renfrew County. David Brushey, Executive Director, Muskoka Futures will be presenting the Creative Muskoka story at an eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation conference later in July.
• Watch for changes to our website – www.creativemuskoka.ca as the site gets an overhaul with the help of media and communication experts Emma Lovell, Summer Experience Program staff and Muskoka Lakes Music Festival coordinator and CM supporter, Jenn Morgan Anderson. If you have photos that you would like to appear on the Creative Muskoka website, please forward them immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Last fall, Creative Muskoka hosted a visioning session as part of the District of Muskoka’s Muskoka Moving Forward: Visioning for the Future initiative. A total of 2,700 people from across Muskoka provided input to the visioning process including 20 community groups, 2 high schools, and 3 elementary schools as well as more than 2,100 people who completed visioning surveys. The District has recently released the new vision statement. See links below for the summary brochure or full report.
http://www.muskoka.on.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp?PageID=524 OR www.muskoka.on.ca and click on “Hot Topics”.
• Steps to Leadership Program: A community advisory committee is now in place to assist Program Coordinator Molly Ross, Bloom Strategic Solutions & Consulting in shaping this three phase program. The Step Up to Leadership program for those under 30 years of age will be held October 21 -23 and offers a significant fee subsidy as an incentive for participation. The First Steps and Next Steps Program will be offered late fall, 2011 and winter, 2012. What a wonderful opportunity this will be for entrepreneurs, community and public sector leaders … and anyone interested in honing their personal and leadership skills. Stay tuned….Details of the programs will be distributed as soon as they are available.
• Enjoy all that the Muskoka summer season has to offer. We’ll be in touch next month!