The vision of Ontario Culture Days is to foster awareness, participation, engagement, and support of a diverse artistic and cultural community that is lived, created and expressed by all Ontarians regardless of age, ability, culture, ethnicity, or discipline. In urban, suburban, and rural areas alike, Ontario Culture Days affirms every citizen as a guardian of the cultural vitality of our communities, and promotes direct interaction between creators and citizens as a means to strengthen understanding and appreciation of the potent legacy of our shared artistic and cultural heritage.
Now in its seventh year, Ontario Culture Days is part of the national Culture Days celebration representing the largest-ever public participation campaign undertaken by the Canadian arts and cultural community. Over three days, the annual Culture Days Weekend features free, hand’s-on community arts activities inviting the public to participate in the behind-the-scenes world of artists, creators, heritage workers, architects, curators, and designers. Through a variety of shared initiatives, Ontario Culture Days is also committed to fostering long-term support for the arts and strengthening the skills and capacity of community-engaged creators and cultural leaders locally and across Ontario.
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.