“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.
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.