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The City of St. Catharines Arts Awards
Announcement: Nomination Deadline Extended to Friday, April 23 at 4 p.m.
The St. Catharines Arts Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in all areas of artistic contribution and creation

Please visit our website for full details and forms at www.stcatharines.ca/artsawards.

The Arts Awards seek to increase the visibility of St. Catharines’ artists and cultural industries; honour cultural leaders and their achievements; and cultivate financial and volunteer support for the arts sector.

We call on you to nominate! Nominees must be a resident of St. Catharines or have made a significant contribution to the St. Catharines Arts Community.

Artists, administrators and volunteers will be recognized to represent the St. Catharines community through their commitment, talent, and contribution to the community in the following categories:
  • Arts in Education
  • Emerging Artist
  • Established Artist
  • Making a Difference
  • Patron of the Arts
Funding: The St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP)
Apply Now, Deadlines Approaching
Core and Midsized Sustaining Programs
Deadline: Thursday, April 15

Arts Development and Culture Builds Community Programs
Deadline: Thursday, May 20
  • A fall intake will also receive applications for a Sept. 23 deadline.
  • Development funding is designed for small and emerging arts organizations, artist ad-hoc groups, non-profit organizations leading culture-related projects and individuals leading community-engagement activities.
  • Details and how to apply at https://www.stcatharines.ca/en/investin/development-funding.asp

Information Session for the Arts Development and Culture Builds Community Programs
On Zoom, Wednesday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.

All Programs
  • Note: All new applicants to SCCIP are required to contact staff to discuss their plans and application. Returning applicants are also encouraged to discuss your activity plans with staff. Please contact Cultural Services staff at culture@stcatharines.ca or call 905.359.7348.
Call to Artists:
2021 Annual Juried Exhibit
Theme: The Art of Resilience
On View: September 2021 to March 2022, Presented at St. Catharines City Hall, 3rd Floor.

Submissions now open, deadline to submit: June 21, 2021
Current Exhibit:
More Than Words, Truth and Reconciliation
Artists were asked to engage with the truths of Indigenous experiences in Canada and address meaningful reconciliation as we move forward together as a community.

Participating Artists: Rhiannon Barry, Kim Bell, Irma Bull, Gillian Dickson, Marge Dorant, Holly Iconomopolous-Ryerse, Rajshree Jena, Jill Lunn, Arnold McBay, Francie McGlynn, Melani Pyke, Steve Remus and Soaring Eagles School.

Virtual Opening Recording:  
Upcoming Exhibit:
Soft Walls
Presented April 28 to June 1, 2021
Virtual Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 29, 5 p.m. via YouTube: www.stcatharines.ca/youtube

Participating Artists: Hannah Holmes and Lindsay Liboiron. Curated By: Catherine Paryare and Shawn Serfas.
Presented by: Studies in Arts and Culture, and Visual Arts, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts, Brock University.

For the most up-do-date information on viewing this exhibit please visit our website at 
The Foster Festival, Performance and Workshops
Virtual Reading: My Hero by Norm Foster
Saturday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.
Directed by Sheila McCarthy
Cast: Jacob James as Jim, Gabrielle Jones as Corrine, and Andrew Moodie as Randy
Picnic from Vineland Estates is also available for curbside pick up.

Writing Workshop with Norm Foster
Join Norm Foster, award-winning Canadian playwright and Order of Canada recipient, for an online, four-week playwriting workshop. Limited to 10 participants per session
There are 2 separate four-week sessions to choose from. Sessions run from April 20 to May 13, 2021 on your choice of Tuesday or Thursday evenings.
Events, Workshops and Activities
History: St. Catharines Museum Virtual Programs
Virtual Museum Classroom
Live-Stream Virtual Lecture Series
April 13 - The General: A Symposium, with the students of the Brock University Historical Society.
April 27 - The Fight for History: 75 Years of Forgetting, Remembering, and Remaking Canada's Second World War with special guest, Dr. Tim Cook.

All lectures are available by donation, presented select Tuesdays at 7 p.m., and are approximately 60 minutes in length.
Email museum@stcatharines.ca to register and receive a secure, private link to access the online lecture.

Past lectures are available to view at https://bit.ly/3eZ6088
Moccasin Talks: Understanding Indigenous Programs such as Jordan's Principle
Free virtual lecture with guest Gary Parker.
Presented by Kakekalanicks and the St. Catharines Public Library.
Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m.
Music: The TD Niagara Jazz Festival
Live-Stream Concert Series
Upcoming Concerts:
April 11: Dream Logic with Sarah Jerrom (CD release)
May 2: Forty Years of Making Music with Vox Violins
livestream, tickets and details:

Free LiveStream Concerts:
Catch up with recordings of past performances at
Carousel Players presents Carousel Kids Online
Get creative with Carousel Players exploring crafts, games and sing-along-songs!
Suitcase In Point presents: Art of the City
Catch up with recordings of live-streamed segments featuring local artists and downtown businesses. https://www.youtube.com/user/suitcaseinpoint
Activities and Performances: Culture Days in St. Catharines continues online
Culture Days is an annual Canada-wide celebration that is the largest-ever public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country. A wide variety of free digital programs and performances are now available on an ongoing basis on our website.
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!
Resources for Community Safety
COVID-19 Information
The City updates its COVID-19 webpage 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 Niagara Region has also passed a mandatory mask by-law that applies to the entirety of Niagara, with further stipulations and exemptions including the requirement that children five and older wear a face covering.
Funding Resources
Canada Council For the Arts: Digital Now Program
Provides groups, collectives, and arts organizations with grants to develop, create, adapt, produce, promote, disseminate, and optimize their digital artistic content or hybrid activities that combine digital and in-person dissemination.
Deadline: April 28

Canada Council For the Arts: Explore and Create Program
Increased funding for the Research and Creation; and Concept to Realization components. The investment will benefit artists, arts groups, and arts organizations.
Deadlines: April 8 and October 6
Webinars, Training and Guides
April 6, 3 p.m.
Exploring a changing performing arts ecosystem with a focus on touring. Free session presented on Zoom.

Connections: Pan-global Reflections by Artists in Lockdown
CAPACOA invited artists to share the experiences that informed the creation of their work during lockdown, and to discuss the role of the artist and presenter in their community. The artists ranged from across the art forms, representing a multi-disciplinary breadth of work from all provinces and territories across Canada and around the globe. 
New video premieres released weekly until May 13.

Performance Guides
Ontario Health and Safety Guidelines for Live Performance
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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