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The City of St. Catharines Arts Awards 2020 Virtual Edition
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. Awards will be presented in 5 categories and the event will feature a special musical guest live from Partridge Hall Stage. 

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

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!
Upcoming activities include in-person (distanced) and online workshops and performances exploring visual art, theatre, music and cultural traditions.

Find activity details online here: www.stcatharines.ca/culturedays
You can also find recordings of the live-stream events that have already been presented.

Pre-registration is required to participate in the activities listed below, spaces are limited.

Saturday, October 10 | Registration Ending Soon!

IN-PERSON | Diversity & Inclusion explored through Art
At the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

IN-PERSON | Intro to Gelli Printmaking
At SMUN Work Action Centre

 Saturday, October 17

ONLINE | Kids Drama Workshop
Live Zoom Session
Register: email office@silverspire.ca or call 905-682-8328

Sunday, October 18

IN-PERSON | Photo Transfer Yourself Into Art
At Niagara Artists Centre (NAC)

IN-PERSON | Jewelry Making, Pendant Workshop
At the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

Sunday, October 25

IN-PERSON | Day of the Dead “Ofrenda Muertos” Arts and Crafts
At the Robby/Niagara Folk Arts
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. 

Digital Performance Series | The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Presented as part of Culture Days 2020.
Oct. 15 | Theatre for Kids | Waterwood Theatre presents Shadow Puppetry
Oct. 17 | Music | Gord's Legacy
Oct. 18 | Discussion | Digital Originals: Newcomers Edition, with Niagara Folk Arts
Oct. 29 | Discussion | Local Reflections on Racism

Theatre | Carousel Players Halloween Happenings | In-Person Event
October 30 from 4:30 to 8:00pm and October 31 from 10am to 1:30pm. Timed Entry
A light and sound immersive experience at the FirstOntario PAC. Sophisticated stage lighting, projections, and sound effects will transform the space into a mysterious world full of delightful Hallowe’en surprises including a photo booth and a take home craft. Don't forget your costume! Pre-registration required.

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. 9 | Bill Mays
Oct. 18 | Juneyt
Oct. 23 | Jay Reed
You can also catch up with recordings of past performances.

Music | The Gallery Players of Niagara
2020/2021 Concert Season to begin in November
The Gallery Players have announced a new ticketing package subscription for their upcoming live and digital concerts. https://galleryplayers.ca/

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.
Music | Bravo Niagara Announces "Amplified" / Voices of Freedom Festival
Watch for more inspiring and compelling videos that will be shared virtually as part of Bravo Niagara! Amplified Series. Each video features the world premiere of original music commissioned by Bravo Niagara! for their Voices of Freedom Festival. http://www.bravoniagara.org/amplified
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

Visual Arts | Call for Grant Submissions
Niagara Artists Centre is a recommender for Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grants. Deadline: Oct. 15
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

Talk is Free Theatre | Grant for Theatre Artists | Deadline: Oct. 15


Culture/Shift | Oct. 13, 4 pm
A virtual zoom presentation & discussion featuring 3 remarkable arts practitioners & leaders in the field.

Marketing Hybrid Live/Live-Stream Seasons | Oct. 20, 3 pm

Digital Tools Professional Development Series | Free Workshops
4 topics presented, each topic has 4 associated workshops.
Essential Digital Tools | Oct. 23 and 30
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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