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Spotlight on Ontario Culture Days 2018

The Spotlight Recognition Program is an opportunity to shine a light on exemplary Culture Days initiatives. Spotlights celebrate innovative and accessible public programming in the spirit of the Culture Days weekend.

We are excited to trumpet the achievements of the many organizers who work diligently throughout the year to create fantastic events, while helping to inspire others with impactful stories and program examples. 

The Spotlight categories are:

  1. Best exemplification of the theme (this year, our theme is OnBeat)
  2. Best hub
  3. Best corridor (more information on Hubs and Corridors can be found here)
  4. Best partnership or collaboration
  5. Remarkable program innovation
  6. Outstanding participatory programming
  7. Removing barriers to access
  8. Outstanding program marketing/promotion
  9. People’s choice

Click on each Spotlight to learn more.

The nomination form can be found here! The deadline for nominations is October 22, but forms can be submitted before or after the Culture Days weekend.

Recipients will be determined by a selection committee and announced following the Culture Days weekend

Rules and Nomination Requirements

NOMINATORS:

Anyone can nominate an Ontario-based artist, organizer, or arts organization who falls within the requirements for nominees. Nominators may only submit one nomination per Spotlight category.

Who is an eligible nominator?

Please note:

NOMINEES

To be eligible for a Spotlight award, all nominees must have done the following:

Please note:

SELECTION PROCESS

Assessors chosen by Ontario Culture Days for their expertise in arts and culture will evaluate the nominations to select the laureates and finalists. Potential assessors include representatives from provincial arts service organizations, established Ontario artists, Culture Days staff and board members, and past Spotlight winners.

The nomination will be judged on whether it fits the Spotlight criteria, and whether or not it aligns with the requirements of all Culture Days activities to be free, participatory, and take place over the Culture Days weekend.

SPOTLIGHT CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA

Spotlight Description and Critera
Best exemplification of the theme

OnBeat is a collective drumming and rhythm-inspired theme developed for the 2018 Culture Days weekend. This year, a theme was selected to provide an easy and versatile access point for organizers to plan their Culture Days events. This category celebrates organizers who fully adopted the key messages of OnBeat to create a unique program and/or incorporated the theme into their pre-existing artistic practice, program(s) or event(s).

To be eligible, nominees must have produced an OnBeat program in Ontario during the 2018 Culture Days weekend. 

Best hub

From dynamic cultural centres to local hangouts, arts and culture hubs can take many forms. Hubs provide centralized destinations for people to visit, and are often made up of unique consortiums of collaborative cultural programs in a shared space. Think parks, public plazas, museums or community centres.

This Spotlight is for organizers who successfully created a hub in their community. A hub must have three or more activities happening at the same site during the Culture Days weekend. To be eligible, nominees must have produced a hub in Ontario during the 2018 Culture Days weekend. 

Best corridor

A corridor is an arts and culture cluster typically associated with an outdoor setting. Replacing a single, centralized site with a locus of programs and events that are in close, walkable proximity to each other, corridors often take shape in neighbourhoods or main streets.

This Spotlight is for organizers who successfully created a hub in their community. A corridor must have three or more activities happening in close proximity to each other during the Culture Days weekend. To be eligible, nominees must have produced a corridor in Ontario during the 2018 Culture Days weekend. 

Best partnership or collaboration

Culture Days is a great opportunity to create unique and impactful partnerships and collaborations. Bringing together a collection of diverse artists, organizations, businesses and venues helps to cross-pollinate the dynamic arts and cultural activity in the community. These collaborations allow for unique and unexpected intersections.
To be eligible, nominees must have produced a program in Ontario with one or more partners or collaborators during the 2018 Culture Days weekend. 

Remarkable program innovation

This Spotlight recognizes organizers who exhibit a new approach to Culture Days programming and events in their community. Eligible organizers are those who think outside the box to produce fresh arts and cultural content that is unique, and different from previous offerings. This may include imaginative and innovative ways of cultivating local partnerships, accessing untapped resources or introducing their community to new experiences.

To be eligible, nominees must have produced a program in Ontario during the 2018 Culture Days weekend.

Outstanding participatory programming

Culture Days is an opportunity for us all to share in the benefits of creativity. Participatory programs encourage audience members' own creativity and build more meaningful relationships between artists, organizers and the general public. Some great examples of participatory programs include community arts projects, workshops, hands-on activities, or conversations with an artist. This category recognizes outstanding participatory programming that engages the visitor and creates opportunities for new experiences.

To be eligible, nominees must have produced a program in Ontario during the 2018 Culture Days weekend.

Removing barriers to access

There are many barriers that exist which stop people from participating in arts and culture, and unfortunately, such impediments frequently go unacknowledged. This category recognizes those who have created more inclusive and accessible programming. Some examples of initiatives that remove barriers to access include connecting with newcomers, highlighting deaf and disability arts, and providing transportation to support mobility restrictions.

To be eligible, nominees must have produced a program in Ontario during the 2018 Culture Days weekend.

Outstanding program marketins/promotion

Culture Days offers a wide variety of resources to support organizers in the successful promotion of their programs. However, some organizers go above and beyond to develop unique and impactful marketing strategies for their programs. This award aims to recognize those who have created and implemented an outstanding promotion, which may include print, web, and social media campaigns.

To be eligible, nominees must have produced marketing materials for an Ontario Culture Days event during 2018. 

People's choice

The People’s Choice Spotlight is an open-category accolade that allows the general public to recognize any program and its overall contribution to Culture Days. Spotlight jurors will choose their top five nominations from the People’s Choice category and post descriptions of each on social media. The program that receives the greatest number of votes will be awarded the Spotlight.

To be eligible, nominees must have produced a program in Ontario during the 2018 Culture Days weekend.

Photos: Thunder Bay, 2017, City of Thunder Bay and Kirvan Photography. Station Gallery, Whitby, 2016, Jess MacGregor.