At Ontario Culture Days, our theory of change is built on the legacy of our work on behalf of all Ontarians, and the desire to be responsive to the Ontario Culture Strategy launched in 2016 and the Status of Ontario’s Artists Act from 2007/2009. All of our programming is continually weighed against a theory that promoting open and inclusive access to free arts and cultural programming across the province will help to stimulate and engender the following changes:
1. Increased awareness of the diversity of arts and cultural heritage in Ontario
Raising awareness of the diversity of Ontario’s arts and cultural heritage will help foster healthy and vibrant communities that are lived, created, and expressed by all Ontarians regardless of age, ability, culture, discipline, ethnicity, gender, language, or income; including families, New Canadians, Francophone, Indigenous, and other culturally diverse voices and visible minorities.
2. Strengthened participation in all Ontario communities
Improving the accessibility, participation, and engagement of all Ontarians in the arts and cultural lives of their own communities will entice new and loyal audiences to discover and connect with culture not only as attendees, but as creators, participants, and volunteers.
3. Enhanced skills and capacity of creators and cultural leaders in Ontario
The skills and capacity of aspiring, emerging, and established arts and cultural leaders from across Ontario will be strengthened by the experience of hosting free Culture Days events, and by utilizing a growing roster of free resources and shared learning programming provided by Ontario Culture Days throughout the year.
4. Improved long-term support for arts and culture in all regions of Ontario
Fostering participation and engagement of the public in arts and culture will help increase long-term support not only during Culture Days, but 365 days a year. Supporters and partners hailing from government, the private sector, volunteers, and donors will recognize the value that the arts and culture bring to their regions and will invest their time, energy and funds to put culture at the heart of our communities.
Culture Days is . . . joining in a drum circle led by the Perpetual Peace Project at the Welland Community Wellness Complex! Photo: Cassandra Magazzeni.
The City of Guelph has an open call out for community-engaged projects celebration Canada's 150 and Guelph's 190th. Deadline March 13.
Hey performing arts presenters, artists and producers - Explore Arts Engage Canada! It is new online platform for to exchange and explore ideas to take on a transformative role in their respective communities through community engagement activities. The platform is an initiative led by Ontario Presents
Congrats to the #GGARTS 2017 Winners! Always an inspiring list of artists to learn about.
"I do think that we are innately creative, all people no matter how much we often believe that we aren't.. we are designed with innate creativity we unlearn it so quickly...there are endless ways you can experience creativity that expression is healthy and important for your well being." Words spoken by fellow creator, fellow YAAP artist and fellow friend Amber Aasman. Words that I keep close to heart in my own journey with I.AM. It is a true blessing to witness Wild Blue Yonder into its journey, capturing gems of Canadiana wilderness through their work. Shout out to Ontario Culture Days for connecting our worlds together :)
Culture Days is . . . dancing and learning all about African history through music and dance at Toronto Public Library! Photo Credit: Kevin Jones.