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Ontario Culture Days travels to new communities!

Information sessions on how to participate in the 7th annual Culture Days are taking place in more than 20 cities and towns across the province.

Toronto, ON, March 30, 2016Ontario Culture Days invites artists, professional and volunteer-run cultural groups, BIAs, community associations and cultural aficionados of all stripes to attend a series of workshops from April to June. These information sessions bring together anyone wishing to participate in or support Culture Days in their local community and offers a range of tips and tools for effective participation. Canada’s national celebration of arts and culture takes place next September 30, October 1 and 2. Visit on.culturedays.ca for details.

Last year, more than half a million Ontarians participated in over 2,000 Culture Days activities offered in 168 communities across Ontario. In 2015, 1,451 Ontario artists, arts and cultural organizations and community groups volunteered to share their love of culture with an enthusiastic public. Well established in its seventh year, Culture Days has a loyal and enthusiastic base of participants and attendees: 85% of Culture Days activity organizers are planning to participate again in 2016 and 71% of public attendees recommend attending Culture Days to others. Find out at one of these workshops why you should participate in Culture Days too!

Workshop Details

More than twenty information sessions are taking place in communities across Ontario hosted by community arts councils, municipalities and arts and cultural associations. Ontario Culture Days and local staff will share tools, tips and resources for Culture Days activity organizers while encouraging networking and collaboration in the community. Information sessions bring together artists, arts and cultural groups, municipal cultural staff, community arts councils, businesses, local media and other people interested in forging collaborations to organize Culture Days 2016 activities. All information sessions are free to attend and everyone is welcome.

“What a fabulous Culture Days event!  The presentation was marvelous, comprehensive, but succinct. The stats are quite amazing and I found them to be of particular interest. I’ve had lots of interaction as a result of this meeting and have had several folks call me to follow up. Well done!”

– Janis Luttrell, Recreation Programmer, Arts and Culture, City of Newmarket

The following information sessions and outreach activities have been scheduled:

Date

Time

City

Location

April 4

RESCHEDULED

2:00pm

Kingsville

Carnegie Arts & Visitors Centre
This session has been rescheduled to May 30th at 7PM.

April 6

1:00pm

Sault Ste. Marie

Essar Community Room, Korah Branch Library - Register here

April 11

6:00pm

St. Thomas & Elgin County

Carnegie Room, St. Thomas Library

April 14

6:30pm

Waterloo

Visitor Heritage and Information Centre - Register here

April 19

2:00pm

Halton Hills

Halton Hills Cultural Centre/Public Library

April 20

6:30pm

York Region - Vaughan

Multipurpose Room, Vaughan City Hall - Register here

April 21

7:30pm

Hamilton

Art Forms

April 26

2:00pm

Gravenhurst

Opera House

April 26
CANCELLED

7:00pm

Bracebridge

The Chapel Gallery
Due to unforseen circumstances this session has been cancelled. Please attend sessions in Gravenhurst or Hunstville.

April 27

2:00pm

Huntsville

Partners Hall, Huntsville Civic Centre

April 27

6:30pm

Almaguin Highlands

Dining Room, Caswell Resort

May 4

6:00pm

Greater Napanee

Ellena’s Cafe

May 5

6:00pm

Brockville

Brockville Public Library

May 9

6:30pm

Timmins

Register here to participate in this webinar information session.

May 11

7:00pm

Niagara Region - Pelham

Festival Room, Fonthill Library

May 11 7:00pm Milton

Meeting Room, Milton Leisure Centre

May 16 2:00pm Durham Region - Port Perry Ocala Winery - Register here

May 17

10:00am

Orangeville

Lower level meeting room, Orangeville Library

May 26

10:00am

Brampton

Boardroom 2C, West Tower Brampton City Hall - Register here

May 30 7:00pm Kingsville Carnegie Arts & Visitors Centre

PROVINCE-WIDE WEBINARS OFFERED

No information session scheduled in your area? Don’t worry. Ontario Culture Days will be holding several province-wide webinars for activity organizers and specific sectors.

Date

Time

Details

May 10

2pm

Register here to find out about great library activity ideas and how libraries can participate.  Co-hosted by the Ontario Library Association.

May 31

2pm

Register here to find out how Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs), municipal tourism offices and other tourism organizations can collaborate with Culture Days at a community and regional level.

June 14

(English)

12pm

Register here to find out about how to participate in Culture Days. This session is open to anyone, whether you are an independent artist, volunteer-run group, professional organization or someone who wants to lend their support. Webinar held in English.

June 16

(French)

CANCELLED

12pm

Register here to find out about how to participate in Culture Days. This session is open to Francophone independent artists, volunteer-run groups, professional organizations or anyone who wants to lend their support. Webinar held in French.

ABOUT CULTURE DAYS

Culture Days invites everyone to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country. In 2015, more than 2 million people participated in 7,600 activities in nearly 900 cities and towns.

This year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016. 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, heritage workers, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

Registration will open mid-April. To register a Culture Days activity or for more information about Ontario Culture Days please visit: www.on.culturedays.ca. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.

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

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For more information about Culture Days in Ontario:

Aubrey Reeves
Executive Director
Ontario Culture Days
(416) 964-7555
aubreyreeves[at]culturedays[dot]ca
 

Catherine McLeod
Network and Outreach Manager
Ontario Culture Days
(416) 964-7555
catherine[dot]mcleod[at]culturedays[dot]ca