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The City of St. Catharines Arts Awards
2020 Virtual Edition
Free Live-Stream Event: Sunday, October 25, 7 p.m.
The St. Catharines Arts Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in all areas of artistic creation. Nominees include exceptional artists, administrators, organizations and volunteers that represent the St. Catharines community through their commitment, talent, and contributions.

Presented by the City of St. Catharines with the support of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

Hosted by 2018 Emerging Artist Recipient Jessica Wilson.

Special musical performance by 2020 Making a Difference Nominee Juliet Dunn, Director of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival, accompanied by special guest Peter Shea.

2020 Arts Awards Nominees
The Arts in Education Award Nominees: Steven Azzopardi, Jean Paul Dupont, Katia Perez Mendez, Curtis Tye, Willow Arts Community and Kari-Lynn Winters.
The Emerging Artist Award Nominees: Kate Gottli, Colleen McTigue and Erica Sherwood.
The Established Artist Award Nominees: Danny Custodio, Floyd Elzinga and Jon Shaw.
The Making a Difference Award Nominees: Mazie Bishop, Juliet Dunn, Bart Gazzola, Tom Inglis, Alison Thomson and Candice Turner-Smith.
The Jury’s Pick Award will recognize one outstanding nominee not already recognized in their original category. This award is sponsored by an anonymous donor.
Sponsors Include: the St. Catharines Downtown Association, the Pen Centre, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts / Brock University, Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Flashbox Photography, the Sound STC, YourTV, and Alectra.
Culture Days | September 25 to October 25, 2020
Free Activities (Digital and In-Person) On Now!
What Is Culture Days?
Culture Days is a Canada-wide celebration that is the largest-ever public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and culture community in this country. Culture Days features FREE hands-on activities that invite the public to participate in "behind-the-scenes" experiences. Participants are given the opportunity to get creative, get messy, engage with performances, make art and experience culture!

Recorded Content Just Added!
Arts activities, music and theatre performances for a variety of ages to enjoy at home-on your own time. You can also find recordings of the live-stream events that have already been presented. Although Culture Days is concluding this Sunday, these videos will continue to be available for FREE access.
Find details online here: www.stcatharines.ca/culturedays

Free Concert Tonight
Friday, October 23
Virtual Concert | Live-Stream
Jay Reed on Guitar
7 p.m.
Presented by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival
Watch live or catch up later:
Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020
Watch Facebook: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020FB 

Hands-On Workshop
Sunday, October 25
IN-PERSON | Day of the Dead “Ofrenda Muertos” Arts and Crafts
At the Robby/Niagara Folk Arts
Pre-registration is required, spaces are limited.
Events & Workshops
Virtual Experiences | City of St. Catharines
Stay engaged at home with a variety of virtual experiences, activities and programs. Watch a performance or film, explore our history, stay active with fitness videos, find options for local delivery / pickup, and so much more!

Museum | St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre
In-Person Visits | The Museum, Centre & Lock 3 Viewing Platform
Timed entry daily: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations suggested, call: 905.984.8880
Masks required. Hand sanitizer stations are provided throughout the facility. 

Virtual Live-Stream | Lecture Series

Virtual | Family History Workshop
2 Day Virtual Workshop | Saturdays, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
$50.00 fee includes a professionally printed workbook.
Pre-registration is required. Call 905-984-8880 or email museum@stcatharines.ca for further inquiry and to register. 

Virtual | Museum Classroom

Digital Performance Series | The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Oct. 29 | Discussion | Local Reflections on Racism

Arts & Cuisine | Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Festival
“Arts to the Folks” series has expanded to include "Food to the Folks" and "Sweets to the Folks". Check out their page for the call to performers and also details on how you can order delicious food!

Music | The TD Niagara Jazz Festival | Free Live-Stream Concert Series
Upcoming events:
Oct. 23 | Jay Reed
You can also catch up with recordings of past performances.

Visual Art | The Niagara Pumphouse presents the work of St. Catharines Artist Geoff Farnsworth
On View until October 31
Exhibition: Colour Worker
In this series, portraits are depicted through a convergence of realism and abstraction. Painted during the onset of Coronavirus pandemic, the artwork provided a way for the artist to reconnect with people during these unprecedented times.

Museum | The Niagara Falls Historical Museum
On View until January 10, 2021
North is Freedom, a photographic exhibition created by celebrated photographer Yuri Dojc. And We Rise, an exhibition co-created with Justice 4 Black Lives founder, Sherri Darlene.

Podcast | One Dish One Mic
In the heart of the One Dish One Spoon Treaty territory, Niagara residents Sean Vanderklis and Karl Dockstader dish on any and all issues.
Suitcase In Point Theatre Company
Hiring an Administrative Assistant, Volunteer Manager, and Production Assistants.
Theatre | Call for New Play Submissions
Carousel Players | Deadline: Nov. 27
Seeking to develop new works for children in Grades 4-8. Scripts and works in progress eligible. For details and to submit: email scripts@carouselplayers.com

Community Calendar | OUTNiagara
Add your upcoming LGBTQ2S+ friendly events to the OUTNiagara community calendar. https://www.outniagara.org/events/
Resources for Community Safety
COVID-19 Information
The City updates the COVID19 Information website frequently as new details become available. 

Mandatory Masks By-Law
St. Catharines by-law requires owners and/or operators of enclosed public spaces, to require mask use by those entering their establishments, in addition to the provision of hand sanitizer at entrances. The Mandatory Masks By-law is now in effect, enacted on Friday, July 17, 2020.
Resources for Organizations and Creative Professionals
Funding Opportunities

Niagara Community Foundation | Emergency Communities | Deadline: Oct. 30

Ontario Arts Council | Arts Response Initiative
Deadline: (Individuals) Oct. 20 | (Organizations) Nov. 3

Ontario Trillium Foundation | Resilient Communities Fund | Deadline: Dec. 2

Ryerson University | The Recovery Incubator | Deadline: Nov. 20


Digital Tools Professional Development Series | Free Workshops
3 upcoming topics presented, each topic has 4 associated workshops.
Accessibility for Virtual Events | Nov. 19, 26, Dec. 3, 10
Culture Brew’s IBPOC Artists Database | Jan. & Feb. 2021
Digital Engagement with Large Arts Organizations | March 2021

Recorded Webinar | COVID-19 Risks and Precautions for the Performing Arts
National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH)

City of St. Catharines Cultural Services

The Cultural Services office is a division of the City of St. Catharines' Community, Recreation and Culture Services department. Cultural Services focuses on public art, community development, planning and policy related to arts and culture in the City of St. Catharines.

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