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Culture Days

Culture Days 2019

Save the Date: September 27, 28 and 29, 2019

Each year, a variety of activities are held throughout St. Catharines at new and returning venues. Participants are given the opportunity to get creative, get messy, engage with performances, make art and experience culture!

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" experiences. 

Check back in August for a full listing of activities!

 

Friday, September 27

St. Catharines City Hall (Downtown)

50 Church Street | Third Floor

ART EXHIBITION & OPENING RECEPTION
4 pm
2019 City of St. Catharines Juried Art Exhibit: Transformations
“Transformations” investigates the positive and negative transitions and transformations that shape human beings and the world.

Oddfellows Temple (Downtown)

36 James Street |Second Floor Artist Studio

VISUAL ARTS | Make & Take
Four, 60 minute reserved sessions: 4 to 5 | 5:15 to 6:15 | 6:30 to 7:30 | 7:45 to 8:45 pm
Explore Encaustic Painting & Collage Workshop
Artist: Sandy Middleton
Sandy Middleton will demonstrate and guide you through tips & tricks for successful encaustic exploration. Using hot wax medium participants will learn to layer, fuse, collage and transfer images into a unique piece of art, yours to keep!
Spend 1 hour learning & creating (stay for the duration). A stair chair lift will be available for those with limited mobility. Participants MUST be ages 15+ due to safety concerns. All participants must sign waiver available at venue (under 18 must have parent signature).
Register FREE online with Eventbrite. Link coming soon. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Limited to 4 participants pre-registered per session. 2 additional spaces per session will be available first come/first served at the venue on event day.

Marilyn I Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts (Downtown)

15 Artists Common | VISA Gallery, located off the Main Lobby

ART EXHIBIT
On view 12 to 6 pm
Home, From Above | Artist: Kira Pretty
The VISA gallery presents the work of Visual Arts Student Kira Pretty. This solo exhibition is the culminating project for an independent study course, where Pretty is exploring a combination of photography and video work.   

Niagara Artists Centre (Downtown)

354 St. Paul Street

ART EXHIBITIONS
On view 12 to 5 pm

Show Room Gallery | Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ We Extend the Rafters | Artist: Skawennati
A futuristic saga set in 3025 yet firmly rooted in the ancestral Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) confederation story and featuring historical figures such as Tekanawí:ta, Jacques Cartier, and a president addicted to Twitter! This new machinima—an animation-style movie produced on the virtual reality platform Second Life created specifically for a youth audience. 

Plate Glass Gallery | Magic Carpet | Artist: Diana Hosseini

Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery | Artist: Emily Andrews 

Rodman Hall Art Centre

109 St. Paul Crescent

ART EXHIBITION
On view 10 am to 5 pm
Task at Hand | Artist: Carolyn Wren
For over twenty years, St. Catharines-based artist Carolyn Wren has explored the relationship between identity and place through structured and laborious processes. Known for her large-scale drawings and relief prints that poetically conflate landscapes and the human body, during the last decade she has turned her attention to the written narratives that have shaped her worldview. 

St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

1932 Welland Canals Parkway

MUSEUM EXHIBITS
On view 9 am to 5 pm
Enjoy permanent exhibits illustrating the history of St. Catharines and its people: The Welland Canals, Follow the North Star (the Underground Railroad), and the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum. Temporary exhibits include: Outbreak: the Spanish Flu, Victorian Tweets, Blowing Our Own Horn: The Niagara Symphony Orchestra at 71 and the Mack School of Nursing Alumni Photo Exhibit.

During your visit also check out the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum and the Lock 3 Welland Canal Ship Viewing Platform. 

Saturday, September 28

Rodman Hall Art Centre

109 St. Paul Crescent

ART EXHIBITION
On view 12 to 5 pm
Task at Hand | Artist: Carolyn Wren
For over twenty years, St. Catharines-based artist Carolyn Wren has explored the relationship between identity and place through structured and laborious processes. Known for her large-scale drawings and relief prints that poetically conflate landscapes and the human body, during the last decade she has turned her attention to the written narratives that have shaped her worldview. 

VISUAL ARTS | Make & Take
12:30 to 4:30 pm
Photo Transfer Yourself Into Art! (Drawing)
Artist: David Figueroa
Turn a printed photo of yourself into a piece of art by using an embossing drawing process. The artist will capture you in a photo to use while you explore creating your very own self-portrait.
Spend 30 minutes creating | Drop-in for all ages

THEATRE | Interactive
1 to 4 pm
The Drama Garden
Presented by Carousel Players
The Drama Garden is promenade-style arts experience grown from the creative soil of Rodman Hall Art Centre. Find the artists of the Drama Garden to see a short performance, create puppets and masks, or take part in a play yourself – it’s a theatrical scavenger hunt for the whole family!
Spend 30 to 60 mins. participating | Drop-in for all ages

 

MORE ACTIVITIES AT THIS VENUE TBA IN AUGUST.

Start Me Up Niagara Work Action Centre (Downtown)

203 Church Street 

FLORAL ARRANGEMENT | Make & Take
12 to 5 pm
Make a Fall Centerpiece
Artist: Linda Phillip
Join floral artist Linda Phillip to create a fall centerpiece. Learn to wire and assemble various elements from faux leaves, flowers and other decorative elements.
Spend up to 1 hour creating | Drop-in for all ages


VISUAL ARTS | Make & Take
1 hour sessions begin at 12:30, 1:45 and 3 pm
**Pre-registration is required (see below)
Intro to Linocut Printing
Artist: Steve Plews
Learn to carve your own simple designs into a linoleum block to make unique prints. Use this reuseable "stamp" to make cards or original art with your designs.
Spend 1 hour learning & creating.
Participants MUST be ages 15+ due to safety concerns. All participants must sign waiver available at venue (under 18 must have parent signature). Register FREE online with Eventbrite. Link Coming Soon. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Limited to 6 participants pre-registered per session. 2 additional spaces per session will be available first come/first served at the venue on event day.

Kiwanis Aquatics Centre & Dr. Huq Library

425 Carlton Street

IN THE DR HUQ LIBRARY:
VISUAL ARTS | Make & Take
1:30 to 3:30 pm
Tree-Mendous Creative Collage Workshop
Artist:  Dena Colling Gelentso
Trees are beautiful sculptures in nature. Get creative as we draw, cut, tear, twist and collage. Explore drawing autumn trees and then incorporating a variety of collage techniques.
Spend 30 to 45 mins. creating | Drop-in for all ages

 Downtown Mural Project

 Location TBC

Marilyn I Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts (Downtown)

15 Artists Common | VISA Gallery, located off the Main Lobby

ART EXHIBIT
On view 12 to 6 pm
Home, From Above | Artist: Kira Pretty
The VISA gallery presents the work of Visual Arts Student Kira Pretty. This solo exhibition is the culminating project for an independent study course, where Pretty is exploring a combination of photography and video work.   

Niagara Artists Centre (Downtown)

354 St. Paul Street 

ART EXHIBITIONS
On view 12 to 4 pm

Show Room Gallery | Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ We Extend the Rafters | Artist: Skawennati
A futuristic saga set in 3025 yet firmly rooted in the ancestral Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) confederation story and featuring historical figures such as Tekanawí:ta, Jacques Cartier, and a president addicted to Twitter! This new machinima—an animation-style movie produced on the virtual reality platform Second Life created specifically for a youth audience. 

Plate Glass Gallery | Magic Carpet | Artist: Diana Hosseini

Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery | Artist: Emily Andrews 

St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

1932 Welland Canals Parkway

MUSEUM EXHIBITS
On view 9 am to 5 pm

Enjoy permanent exhibits illustrating the history of St. Catharines and its people: The Welland Canals, Follow the North Star (the Underground Railroad), and the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum. Temporary exhibits include: Outbreak: the Spanish Flu, Victorian Tweets, Blowing Our Own Horn: The Niagara Symphony Orchestra at 71 and the Mack School of Nursing Alumni Photo Exhibit.

During your visit also check out the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum and the Lock 3 Welland Canal Ship Viewing Platform. 

Sunday, September 29

Rodman Hall Art Centre

 

109 St. Paul Crescent

ART EXHIBITION
On view 12 to 5 pm
Task at Hand | Artist: Carolyn Wren
For over twenty years, St. Catharines-based artist Carolyn Wren has explored the relationship between identity and place through structured and laborious processes. Known for her large-scale drawings and relief prints that poetically conflate landscapes and the human body, during the last decade she has turned her attention to the written narratives that have shaped her worldview. 

VISUAL ARTS | Make & Take
12:30 to 4:30 pm
Photo Transfer Yourself Into Art! (Drawing)
Artist: David Figueroa
Turn a printed photo of yourself into a piece of art by using an embossing drawing process. The artist will capture you in a photo to use while you explore creating your very own self-portrait.
Spend 30 minutes creating | Drop-in for all ages

 

MORE ACTIVITIES AT THIS VENUE TBA IN AUGUST.

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Downtown)

250 St. Paul Street

ACTIVITIES AT THIS VENUE TBA IN AUGUST.

 

ART EXHIBIT | during open hours
On view in the Joy Williams Lobby (Second Floor outside Partridge Hall)
Carl Beam: Us & Everything
An exhibit of works by contemporary Indigenous artist Carl Beam. Carl Beam (Ojibwe, 1943 – 2005), is one of the most important artists in Canadian Contemporary Art History, noted as the first Canadian of Native Ancestry to have his work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as Contemporary Art.

NAC Shop/Studio (Downtown)

433A St. Paul Street

VISUAL ARTS | Make & Take
12 to 5 pm
Pull a Print: Intro to Screen Printing
Artist: Colleen McTigue
Experience the art of Screen Printing, a technique of producing an image with stencils that has its origins in ancient times. Participants are encouraged to create their own stencil or "pull" a unique print from a stencil provided by the artist.
Spend up to 30 minutes creating | Drop-in for all ages

Oddfellows Temple (Downtown)

36 James Street | Third Floor Theatre

THEATRE | Interactive
Six, 30 minute sessions beginning at: 12:00, 12:45, 1:30, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 pm
Essential Designers Behind the Curtain
Presented by Essential Collective Theatre
Culture Days shines the spotlight on Essential Collective Theatre. Go behind the scenes as you learn more about costume and set design, projection and props. Get all dressed up and visit the photo booth to capture your star moment.
Spend 30 minutes, at scheduled times, please stay for duration | For all ages
Note: Accessibility between the second and third floors is limited to stair access. 

Marilyn I Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts (Downtown)

15 Artists Common | VISA Gallery, located off the Main Lobby

ART EXHIBIT
On view 12 to 6 pm
Home, From Above | Artist: Kira Pretty
The VISA gallery presents the work of Visual Arts Student Kira Pretty. This solo exhibition is the culminating project for an independent study course, where Pretty is exploring a combination of photography and video work.   

St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

1932 Welland Canals Parkway

MUSEUM EXHIBITS
On view 9 am to 5 pm

Enjoy permanent exhibits illustrating the history of St. Catharines and its people: The Welland Canals, Follow the North Star (the Underground Railroad), and the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum. Temporary exhibits include: Outbreak: the Spanish Flu, Victorian Tweets, Blowing Our Own Horn: The Niagara Symphony Orchestra at 71 and the Mack School of Nursing Alumni Photo Exhibit.

During your visit also check out the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum and the Lock 3 Welland Canal Ship Viewing Platform. 

 

 

The Culture Days Activity Program Funding

As part of the St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP), the City offers the Culture Days Activity Program, intended for artists, businesses or organizations who wish to run a Culture Days activity in St. Catharines.

The application deadline was March 22, 2019, for September 2019 activities. 

The 2019 application is now closed. For more information, including guidelines and application forms for future funding, please visit the SCCIP Development Funding page. 

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