Ontario Culture Days
Culture Days invites everyone to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country. In 2014, the fifth annual Culture Days event took place in more than 850 Canadian cities and towns, with attendance topping 1.6 million Canadians. Last year, more than 1,650 activities were presented across Ontario. As a grassroots, collaborative movement, Culture Days relies on your participation. Whether as an arts or cultural organization, an artist, a municipality, a school, a citizen, a business person…everyone can play a role in shaping this event. So get involved! Browse the 2015 Activities to find out what's happening in your community during Culture Days.
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Ontario Culture Days Festival 2021
This application is for “Ontario Culture Days Festival 2021”, expanded programming taking place September 24 - October 24, 2021 featuring more than 1,000 independently registered events in over 100 municipalities across Ontario. Programming highlights include: (1) “Creatives in Residence Series”: launching in the spring with public and educational programming and will culminate in artistic presentations and events during the annual 2021 fall festival. Residencies will each include a minimum of two activities such as public/educational programs and social engagement initiatives, prioritising direct access and engagement between the artist and the public over the spring and summer, and shifting to an in-person focus during the fall Festival; (2) Featured artists (titles and locations tbc): (i) Laura Rojas, a Colombian-born artist who uses design as a tool for education and activism, will lead a series of public postering events, and a related series of all-ages workshops; (ii) Hiba Abdalla, a text and design-based artist whose work focuses on place-based social engagement and local histories, will explore the meaning of libraries today in our neighbourhoods; (iii) Jamii, an arts organization based in Toronto's Esplanade neighbourhood will develop a program that delves into the use of storytelling and portraiture in shaping how we understand both ourselves and one another in the form of a collaborative exhibition and series of portraiture workshops; (iv) Kanika Gupta and Amit Kehar, a duo from Ottawa, will create a series of online works, and in-person public engagement experiences, reflecting on the reusability of food waste as a metaphor for slow living, resiliency, and personal care; (v) “Alchemy: At the Table”, a series of social engagement interventions and installations in Prince Edward County; (vi) De Risio and Tallarco will lead a series of art and social engagement interventions that will recognize the significant contributions of the seasonal workers; (vii) Tamara Green, a chef and educator specializing in Indigenous, pre-contact ingredients, will produce a food fair; cooking classes and meal kits, guided foraging education walks, and a lecture series; and (vii) Lindsey Lickers, “From Weeds We Grow”, an ongoing place-based initiative led by Haudenosaunee/ Anishinaabe multimedia artist, Lindsey Lickers. The initiative will include walking tours, hands-on workshops, exhibition and an artist talk.