How can the north promote itself? What can the north promote? The Flin Flon Arts Council is hoping to answer both questions in an upcoming event.
The council will be heading up the third edition of its Inspiration Series of consultations and meetings. This year’s event is subtitled “Developing a Northern Vision”. Winnipeg-based Hazel Borys will be the guest speaker at the upcoming event. Borys is a principal and managing director of PlaceMakers, an international planning and design firm. Borys specializes in urbanism, zoning reforms and municipal development.
“I think we’re so lucky. This woman is the principal of a really big organization that has helped across the continent. I’m excited to see it. You never really know what jewels you’ll glean from somebody, but every time we bring somebody in, there’s always something that is really exciting about the information they share with us and where they want to go,” said organizer Crystal Kolt.
Kolt added Borys came recommended by Dorothy Dobbie, a former MP and arts impresario who was one of three speakers who came north last year.
“One of the things that she wants to talk about is winter destinations across the world, whether it's Moscow or Minneapolis,” said Kolt.
“That is something I’m very interested in. She really believes in understanding the community, where it is and where it wants to go.”
The aim of the event is to aid northerners, not strictly just arts community figures, to empower and promote Flin Flon, the north and its culture.
“I think, personally, we all have to join hands and come up with ideas for ourselves collectively,” Kolt said.
“I think everybody’s trying to get to that endgame and this can be yet another tool to help get us there. I think we all tend to be in this situation or flow in and out of this situation. I would really like some concrete, actual action items and tools on how to help us with economic diversification and to feel proud and promote ourselves with a sense of confidence.”
Part of the event will be a brainstorming session where attendees can come up with ideas for northern promotion or tourism initiatives, taking notes from what has worked in other locations.
“I think each of us have experiences or thoughts and ideas about what they would love to see in the community if they could make it happen,” Kolt said.
“I would love to be able to have, at one point, confidence to continue to promote ourselves to potential investors or helping the world see what we have,” Kolt added.
The event is March 2-4.