Culture Days Workshops Offered Across Ontario

Culture Days Workshops Offered Across Ontario

Toronto, ON, (April 30, 2012) Culture Days (Ontario) is offering skills development opportunities for artists, professional and volunteer-run cultural groups, libraries, museums, municipalities and anyone wishing to present an activity during the cross-Canada celebration of arts and culture next September 28-30. A variety of workshops will take place in communities from mid-April to early June to help participants increase the impact and success of their Culture Days activities.

2012 Culture Days Workshops in Ontario include:

A one-day French-language symposium on May 25, exploring topics related to community arts, outreach and arts education will be presented at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. This unique event is produced in partnership with Québec’s Culture pour tous (producers of Les Journées de la culture), the Fédération culturelle canadienne-français and the National Arts Centre

More than 20 Information sessions in communities across Ontario hosted by community arts councils and municipalities. Culture Days staff will share tools and resources and facilitate networking and collaboration in the community.

EVENT DETAILS

Cultural Mediation Symposium

This one-day symposium will bring together stakeholders in the Franco-Ontarian community in the National Capital Region to discuss the concept of “la médiation culturelle” – an expression current in Québec that brings together ideas of community art practices, arts education, audience development and outreach strategies. The symposium will present various positions on cultural mediation, and focus on initiatives undertaken by arts, community, and municipal groups. Attendance is free but requires pre-registration, please click here to RSVP.

Date

Time

City

Location

May 25

8:30am – 5pm

Ottawa

National Arts Centre

Information Sessions

Communities throughout the province are hosting Culture Days information sessions, which will offer  tools, tips and resources for Culture Days activity organizers. Early info sessions have already been held in London, Stratford, Cornwall, Kitchener and Mimico. Info sessions bring together artists, arts and cultural groups, municipal staff, community arts councils, business improvement associations, local media and other people interested in forging collaborations to organize Culture Days 2012 activities. All info session are free. The following information sessions have been scheduled:

Date

Time

City

Location

April 30

6:00pm

Niagara Falls

MacBain Community Centre

May 2

6:30pm

Hamilton

Hamilton Public Library

May 3

6:30pm

Brantford

Brantford Public Library

May 7

5pm

Barrie

City Hall Rotunda

May 8

3:30pm (CDT)

Red Lake

Chukuni Communities Development Corporation (Webinar)

May 10

2pm

Windsor

Windsor and Region Arts Council

May 15

10am

Durham County

The Regional Municipality Of Durham Headquarters

May 16

5pm

Mississippi Mills

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

May 17

7pm

Smiths Falls

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

May 23

3pm (bilingual)

5:30 (bilingual)

Sudbury

Art Gallery of Sudbury

Tom Davies Square

May 24

2pm

North Bay

North Bay City Hall

May 24

2pm

Ottawa

Arts Court

May 28

3pm

Etobicoke

Arts Etobicoke

May 28

5:30pm

Mississsauga

Mississauga Civic Centre

May 29

6:30pm

North York

North York Civic Centre

May 30

1pm

Peterborough County

Douro Community Centre

May 31

2pm

6:30pm

Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Public Library – Mary J L Black Branch

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

June 4

12pm

Trent Hills

Trent Hills Public Library – Campbellford Branch

June 4

4pm

Cobourg

Northumberland County Economic Development & Tourism

June 5

6:30pm

Guelph

Guelph Arts Council

June 6

7:00pm

Oakville

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

June 7

4pm

Kingston

Kingston Art Council

TBC

TBC

Kenora

TBC (Webinar)

ABOUT CULTURE DAYS

Culture Days invites everyone to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country. In 2011, the second annual Culture Days event took place in more than 800 Canadian cities and towns, with attendance topping 1.2 million Canadians. Last year, more than 1265 activities were presented across Ontario, a 36% increase over the first year’s participation levels.

This year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 28, 29 and 30, 2012. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community. To learn more, please visit www.culturedays.ca.

Each province has a Culture Days coordinator to help those interested in organizing their Culture Days activities. The Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) involvement in Culture Days includes hiring Catherine McLeod as Ontario’s Culture Days Animator/Coordinator for the next six months. Working in partnership with Aubrey Reeves, Culture Days Ontario Manager and the volunteer Ontario Culture Days Task Force, Ms. McLeod’s primary role is to provide advice to Ontario-based communities, artists, arts groups and municipalities interested in organizing activities for Culture Days.

Early-registration continues until April 30. Individuals and organizations are invited to register one or more activity before April 30 to be featured in a national Globe and Mail advertisement. To register a Culture Days activity or to see who has already joined the movement, visit www.culturedays.ca

For more details about Ontario Culture Days announcements please visit: www.on.culturedays.ca.

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For more information about Culture Days in Ontario:

Catherine McLeod
OAC Culture Days Animator/Coordinator
(416) 961-1660 ext.5124
1-800-387-0058 ext. 5124
on@culturedays.ca  | www.culturedays.ca

Aubrey Reeves
Ontario Culture Days Manager
aubreyreeves@culturedays.ca
(416) 646-7469
1-800-387-0058 ext. 7469


Culture Days in Ontario is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Ontario in recognition of Celebrate the Artist Weekend.

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario’s primary funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.

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