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Culture Days

Culture Days - St. Catharines loves Culture

Culture Days 2017 was a great success!

Many activities took place across St. Catharines at both returning and new venues. Participants had the opportunity to get creative, get messy, make art and experience culture. Congratulations to all the artists, activity organizers and venue hubs for making this Culture Days weekend one to remember!

What is Culture Days?

Culture Days is a Canada-wide celebration that is the largest-ever public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country. Culture Days features free hands-on activities that invite the public to participate in the "behind-the-scenes" world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work.

 

 Friday September 29

Art of Transformation Open House: Chaos and Form in Art and Life
Talks, discussion and hands-on activities. Participants can see the space and ask questions about Art of Transformation-Expressive Arts Therapy.
Location: Private Studio, 5 Cross Street
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
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Leave Your Mark: A Community Painting
Create a large abstract painting with brushes, squeegees, spritz bottles, and more using a variety of paint. Participants from within and outside the hospital are invited to "leave their mark" by painting whatever they wish with available materials.
Location: The Walker Family Cancer Centre, Niagara Health, 1200 Fourth Avenue
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More info...

ART - Out Where You Can See It (Port Dalhousie)
Various demonstrations and hands-on experiences at The Red Forest Gallery, including: "Brainhacks" for Artists, Life Portraits, Leatherwork, Pouchmaking, Word-Art, Creative Writing, The Fine Art of Splatter Paint, Keyboard and Dulcimer music, textile art, a kids' table and MORE!
Location: The Red Forest Gallery, Market Mews #108, 17 Lock Street 
Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Additional activities and demonstrations at Ausmosis RecreationLock Street Brewing Company and Scorecard Harry's.

Celebration of Nations - Awakening The Spirit
Select works from the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Collection. An exhibition of one women's journey to empower and support Indigenous arts in Canada and globally through a collection of paintings, mixed media, sculpture, and personal objects. In partnership with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.
Location: The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists' Common
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Kate Clifford Larson, Leading Harriet Tubman Scholar
Dr. Larson is an historian and leading Harriet Tubman scholar. This free event is part of Bravo Niagara!'s Voices of Freedom Festival and will take place at Salem Chapel BME Church. Dr. Larson will speak about her book and engage in conversation with the community about Harriet Tubman. All ages welcome.
Location: Salem Chapel BME Church, 92 Geneva St.
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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aMUSE 5 Pop Up Museum
Rodman Hall Art Centre and the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre present aMUSE 5 Pop-Up Museum - an award-winning and innovative, one night only, pop-up museum experience.
Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St Paul Crescent
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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Rodman Hall: Open House and Art-Making Activities for Families
Enjoy hands-on art activities and button-making for the whole family. Meet Rodman Hall instructors and see what this facility has to offer! Check out their Summer Student Art Exhibition during your visit. Pick up an outdoor sculpture garden self-guide at the front desk.
Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St Paul Crescent
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
More info...

 Saturday September 30

St. Catharines Art Association Arts and Culture Experience
Budding artists and art enthusiasts can visit various stations with demos and hands-on activities. There will be at least three different stations with interactive art-based activities with a St. Catharines Art Association member. There's something for everyone, so bring the whole family!
Location: Silver Spire United Church, 366 St. Paul Street
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Open House
Tours are every hour, on the hour. Or, pick up a campus map and explore the spaces on your own! Don't forget to visit the on-site art gallery.
Location: Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists' Common
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More info...

Celebration of Nations - Awakening The Spirit
Select works from the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Collection. An exhibition of one women's journey to empower and support Indigenous arts in Canada and globally through a collection of paintings, mixed media, sculpture, and personal objects. In partnership with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.
Location: 
The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists' Common
Time: 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More info...

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Open House
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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"Hiawatha and the Peacemaker" Storywalk
Read a book while walking around the exterior of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre! Children of all ages and their families can follow an outdoor path of large, laminated pages from this illustrated story by Robbie Robertson & David Shannon. In partnership with the Niagara Falls Library.
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Celebration of Nations - Storytelling, Inuit History
Ignite the Spirit of Education Foundation, in partnership with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, offers a Pop Up Library of some of the best Indigenous Authors of children's books with traditional Storytelling.
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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The Welland Canal Play
Essential Collective Theatre invites the public to a sneak peek of their upcoming production, The Welland Canal Play.
Attend an Open Rehearsal - Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Take a Turn Onstage - Time: 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (This activity requires pre-registration.)
Sneak-peek Preview, Q and A with Artists - Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.

The Spirit of Harriet Tubman
Theatre artist Leslie McCurdy helps young participants and their families explore the characteristics that make Harriet Tubman a true hero.
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
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Dance for All Workshop
A workshop geared for amateur dancers who want to experience creating and performing a dance with others; a chance to experience all that's involved in stepping onto the stage as a dancer! Facilitated by Claudia Moore and Sara Porter of MoonHorse Dance Theatre.
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Personal Poetry at PAC
Participants have a brief conversation with a St. Catharines poet. The participant leaves to visit other Culture Day events, then returns to receive the gift of a poem based on the conversation. The Participant is asked to read their poem aloud and contemplate its meaning.
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Confessions Garbage Disposal
Participants will anonymously capture and throw away their emotional garbage on colourful paper and the artist will transform the community's collective 'trash' into treasure. A paper mache sculpture will be displayed using past emotional garbage from our community.
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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SOFIFRAN presente: VOIX DE FEMMES
SOFIFRAN welcomes all members of the community to this French-language reading and discussion on the theme of African Women leaders.
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Make a Play
Join The Foster Festival's Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone as participants create a play from scratch. This half hour drop-in workshop is suitable for all ages!
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time: 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
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Music of Charlie Brown Christmas
The Shea-D Duo play music from Vince Guaraldi's classic score of the 1965 TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Get in on a behind-the-scenes look at a new tradition in the making!
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
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Instrument Petting Zoo
The Niagara Symphony Orchestra invites participants of all ages to try out a wide variety of instruments. Don't worry...these instruments won't bite!
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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The Creative Body
An inviting environment to physicalize and vocalize freely as part of a group. A new exercise will be introduced every 10-20 minutes, so participants may easily come and go. All exercises will be unintimidating, group-oriented, and guided by the acting ensemble at Twitches & Itches Theatre.
Location: The Robby (behind Niagara Folk-Arts) 85 Church St.
Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
More info...

ART - Out Where You Can See It (Port Dalhousie)
Various demonstrations and hands-on experiences at The Red Forest Gallery, including: "Brainhacks" for Artists, Life Portraits, Leatherwork, Pouchmaking, Word-Art, Creative Writing, The Fine Art of Splatter Paint, Keyboard and Dulcimer music, textile art, a kids' table and MORE!
Location: The Red Forest Gallery, Market Mews #108, 17 Lock Street 
Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Additional activities and demonstrations at Ausmosis Recreation, Lock Street Brewing Company and Scorecard Harry's.

Rodman Hall: Open House and Art-Making Activities for Families
Enjoy hands-on art activities and button-making for the whole family. Meet Rodman Hall instructors and see what this facility has to offer! Check out their Summer Student Art Exhibition during your visit. Pick up an outdoor sculpture garden self-guide at the front desk.
Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St Paul Crescent
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
More info...

Rodman Hall: Sculpture Exploration
Participants will get messy as they work with unique plaster bandage sculpture materials & armatures. Will you make a tree, an abstract figure, or a bowl? Use your imagination and create a unique sculpture, then add some colour with acrylic paints. For all ages & abilities.
Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St Paul Crescent
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
More info...

City Blocks
A collaborative community art project that explores block printing. Participants will etch a design depicting their favourite part of our city, adding to a collaborative mural. Participants can also reprint their design to take home!
Location: The Robby (behind Niagara Folk-Arts) 85 Church St.
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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On stage with John Parks
Bravo Niagara! and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre present a free workshop with former principal dancer of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, including excerpts of Ailey repertoire. This activity requires pre-registration. Click here for more info and to register.
Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Leave Your Mark: A Community Painting
Create a large abstract painting with brushes, squeegees, spritz bottles, and more using a variety of paint. Participants from within and outside the hospital are invited to "leave their mark" by painting whatever they wish with available materials.
Location: The Walker Family Cancer Centre, Niagara Health, 1200 Fourth Avenue
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
More info...

Dream Catcher Crafting - A Boho Obsession
Participants will use a beginner's method to weave the centers of their own dream catchers and embellish them using Bohemian designs inspirations and ribbon, lace, beans, cloth material and other trinkets. This activity requires pre-registration. Click here for more info and to register.
Location: The Robby (behind Niagara Folk-Arts) 85 Church St.
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Rodman Hall: Historic Tours
Tour historic Rodman Hall for an up-close look at the architectural details that give this unique building its charm.
Location: 
Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St Paul Crescent
Time: 
1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
More info...

Songs of Freedom
(FILM) In this 2015 documentary, renowned soprano Measha Brueggergosman performs a unique program of Freedom Songs that have emerged from Africa via the slave trade to America, then to Canada via the United Empire Loyalist migration and the underground Railroad. Click here for more info and to register.
Location:
Film House, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St.
Time:
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Art Hive
A pop-up art hive experience in downtown St. Catharines. Participants will visit an equipped studio to create collaborative and individual work under the guidance of two professional artists.
Location: Silver Spire United Church, 366 St. Paul Street
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Rodman Hall: MATERIAL GIRLS Exhibition Tours
This large-scale group exhibition brings together Canadian and international emerging, mid-career and senior female artists from across artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds.
Location: 
Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St Paul Crescent
Time:
 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
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Chaos and Form in Art and Life
Go through chaos and find form in this short workshop that will offer insight into Art of Transformation-Expressive Arts Therapy. This activity requires pre-registration. Click here for more info and to register.
Location: Private Studio, 5 Cross Street
Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Making a Play
Carousel Players hosts a 2 hour drop-in session of drama games for young people and their families. Led by professional arts educators, this interactive session will explore story-telling and how we make stories to share with our friends and family.
Location: The Robby (behind Niagara Folk-Arts) 85 Church St.
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Percussion Improv at the MIWSFPA
Percussionist Devon Fornelli will converse in real time with the city soundscape using traditional instruments and found materials. The performance will take place in the the Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP Pathway, between the MIWSFPA and FOPAC.
Location: The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists' Common
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Draw a Model, Be a Model
Engage in life drawing with local professional artist Geoff Farnsworth. Participants can sketch (tips and techniques are provided) and/or sign-up to be sketched (solos or groups welcome), in a three-hour workshop with a rotating schedule.
Location: The Walker Family Cancer Centre, Niagara Health, 1200 Fourth Avenue
Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Slam Poetry 102: Bringing Your Words to the Stage
In a follow up to previous workshops, the 2017 St. Catharines Poetry Slam Team will provide participants with tools to craft Poetry that is ready for the stage. For budding poets and experienced performers alike.
Location: Mahtay Café, 241 St Paul St.
Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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 Sunday October 1

Paint and Celebrate
This family friendly hands-on art experience will provide participants with the opportunity to paint a Canadian landscape using acrylics and contribute to a mural of stylized words celebrating what Canada 150 means to them.
Location: Irene Locke Room, St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, 425 Carlton St.
Time: 11 a.m. to 3.p.m.
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Owl you need is ART!
Build an owl out of sculpey clay with your family, and then paint a cozy branch for your owl to live on. Throw and drip some paint in the 4Cats splatter room and experiment with watercolour resists.
Location: 4Cats Arts Studio, 305 Niagara St.
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
More info...

Confessions Garbage Disposal
Participants will anonymously capture and throw away their emotional garbage on colourful paper and the artist will transform the community's collective 'trash' into treasure. A paper mache sculpture will be displayed using past emotional garbage from our community.
Location: St. Catharines Public Library, Central Branch, 54 Church St
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
More info...

Sculpture with Model Magic
This workshop will explore sculpture with the media 'model magic.' Twist, roll, pinch, squeeze this media into a creative sculpture. The elements of design will be reinforced and the term 'sculpture' will be discussed. Colour, line, texture, shape and balance will all be explored in this family-friendly activity.
Location: Dr. Huq Family Library program room, St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, 425 Carlton St.
Time: 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Our Voices
You want art? We got art! We want everyone to take part. We're at Mahtay Café. Drop in for five minutes or thirty minutes, add to the canvas and share the energy. No experience needed! This activity is completely accessible.
Location: Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul St.
Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
More info...

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