“Public libraries and Culture Days are a natural match because both are about inclusion and making sure that culture is available to everyone in the community.”
Stratford Public Library CEO (retired) Sam Coghlan
Public libraries have long been important community hubs in small towns, mid-sized cities, and major urban centres across Ontario. As gateways for learning and culture, Ontario’s public libraries provide affordable access to cultural opportunities regardless of age, income or ability. Beyond literary events, children’s story-times and literacy classes, many libraries regularly host art exhibitions, music, theatre and dance performances, craft workshops, film screenings and so much more. Libraries continue to grow as cultural, technological and service hubs in Ontario with programs for newcomers and learning opportunities to make, create, and learn with 3D printing, green screens and computer animation technologies. For these reasons, public libraries are the ideal partners to present and host Culture Days activities across the province!
Visit your public library during Culture Days to learn, explore and experience what your community has to offer in the areas of arts, culture, heritage and technology. In 2015, 14% of all Culture Days activities in Ontario were organized by or presented in libraries! We’ve collected a sample of some of the great activities happening this year around the province below. Search for activities happening in your local library here.
2016 YAAP Artist Rihkee Strapp continues their great work in skill sharing and development with the return of Make A Living Making Art with a special online webinar: "Finding Funding 101" that will support artists and community members on how to attract clients, and obtain funding outside of the Algoma District. March 30th, from 7pm - 8pm. Webinar and event link: goo.gl/blaVHa Supported by Social Entrepreneurship Evolution de l'entrepreneuriat social's Youth Changemakers Social Entrepreneurship Event Grant.
Culture Days is . . . performing at the Open Mic Acoustic Blend Cafe at the Milton Centre for the Arts (MCA).
JOB OPPS l Great opportunities from our colleagues at Culture Days | Fête de la culture! They are hiring 2 contract positions - Bilingual Communications Manager and Digital Projects Coordinator. Details: http://bit.ly/2m0EGOW
Join AOE Arts Council | Conseil des arts AOE for two days of discussions and hands-on workshops in community engaged arts practice Mar 31 & Apr 1. Early bird registration is open until Friday.
Encouraging meaningful interaction between guests to cultural institutions and your front line staff and volunteers is one of the most effective tools to increase visitor satisfaction! Check out this data from the national Awareness, Attitudes and Useage Study: http://bit.ly/2lze04g