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Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)
Fallen Firefighters Memorial
On behalf of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Task Force, the City of St. Catharines is prequalifying artists and/or artist teams to develop and implement a design for a memorial honouring the men and women who have died in the line of duty as a result of their work as firefighters in the City of St. Catharines.
 
Deadline: Mon. Feb. 1, 2021 2pm EST
Note: an artwork proposal is not requested at this time. Only online submissions on the bids and tenders site will be accepted.
 
Visit page: https://stcatharines.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en and find associated information under listing: 20-52 - RFPQ - Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Employment Opportunity
Supervisor of Cultural Services
To supervise the delivery of programs, projects and services through the cultural services office of the City of St. Catharines.
Apply to Join the Arts and Culture
Advisory Committee
Want to help build a more creative and vibrant community?
Do you have a passion for the arts and culture?
Apply to sit on our Arts and Culture Advisory Committee.
Applications will only be accepted in the online vacancy application form (click here).
Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 22 at 4pm

Did You Know?
  • You must be a St. Catharines resident (tenant or property owner) to sit on a committee of council.
2021 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards
Nominations Coming Soon!
Who will you Nominate?
 
Nomination forms and guides are coming soon. Find full details online:
 
The St. Catharines Arts Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in all areas of artistic creation. 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.
 
Nominations will be accepted for the following categories:
Arts in Education
Emerging Artist
Established Artist (artistic practice 10+yrs)
Making a Difference
Patron of the Arts
 
Nominations will close on Thurs. Apr. 1 at 4pm.
Staff will host a digital information session, details coming soon.
The Awards Show will be celebrated in Fall 2021.

For more information/questions contact Cultural Services Staff at: culture@stcatharines.ca

Did You Know?
  • Your nominee must be a St. Catharines resident (tenant or property owner) OR have an extended connection to St. Catharines through their work, practice, administration, volunteer service or patronage.
  • Past nominees can be nominated again!
Theatre | The Foster Festival
Old Love | Online Reading Starring Norm Foster
Feb. 14, Reading starts at 6:30pm
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Livestreamed reading and (optional, delivered) meal.

Virtual Playwriting Workshops with Norm Foster
Jan. 26 to Feb. 18
Join Norm Foster – award winning Canadian playwright and Order of Canada recipient – for an online, four-week playwriting workshop.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer, Norm will give you personal feedback unique to you and your writing process. This is an opportunity to carve out real time for your writing in a small committed community of support.
Only 10 participants per session.
Book your spot now: https://fosterfestival.com/shop/
Events & Workshops
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.
History | St. Catharines Museum Virtual Programs
Virtual Live-Stream | Lecture Series
Upcoming Free Lectures:
Feb. 2, 7pm | Visiting Abolitionists, with guest speaker Rochelle Bush
Feb. 16, 7pm | Myths of the Underground Railroad
Email museum@stcatharines.ca to register
Past lectures are all available to view at this link:
Black History Month | Virtual Events
To Honour Black History Month this February, the museum is presenting a new blog series written by local historian Rochelle Bush, and virtual tours of the Museum's Follow the North Star exhibition. 
Virtual | Museum Classroom
Music | The TD Niagara Jazz Festival
Live-Stream Concert Series
Upcoming Concerts:
Jan. 17, 7pm | Twilight Jazz Series: 10th Season Launch featuring the Sophia Perlman Duo
Feb. 14, 7pm | Twilight Jazz Series: Natalie Cole Tribute
Both Livestreamed | Tickets and details:

Free LiveStream Concerts:
Catch up with recordings of past performances:
Music | Niagara Symphony Orchestra Goes Digital
Performances and Composer interviews. All videos are free to view and share, released throughout January and February. 
Quest | View online: https://bit.ly/3oEZebN
Upcoming:
Jan 15 | Nostalgia (Composer Interview Jan 17)
Jan 22 | Circadian Rhythm (Composer Interview Jan 24)
Jan 29 to Feb 10 | Gran Partita in 6 parts
Learn more: http://bit.ly/3buBYtq
Music | Bravo Niagara! Presents
Sounds of Hope and Voices of Freedom
Bravo Niagara Presents: Sounds of Hope commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust.

And Voices of Freedom, a Musical Short Film
Art | Creative Conversations: Pen-Pals
Connect creatively with a Pen Pal in an expressive conversation. This is a project organized by local artist Rhiannon Barry, free to participate and designed to foster long lasting connections for all types of individuals with all creative skills levels.
Sign up by Jan 20th for the next session.
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!
Survey
Seeking Input for a Creative Hub Downtown
Interested in makerspace, music rehearsal space or audio recording studios?
The Niagara Artists Centre and Carousel Players are partnering to study the potential of a Creative Hub in downtown St. Catharines. Survey results will inform the space and how it can serve the working artists of Niagara.
Survey closes Jan. 31.
For more information contact Stephen Remus at minister@nac.org or Kate Leathers at kate@carouselplayers.com.
Local
Niagara's Got Talent | NIagara Students Virtual Talent Show to Benefit Pathstone Mental Health https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/entertainment/2021/01/13/niagara-students-virtual-talent-show-to-benefit-pathstone-mental-health.html
Beyond Niagara
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 currently in effect, enacted on Jul. 17, 2020.
Funding Resources
NEW | The Niagara Tourism Adaptation and Recovery Fund
Will provide financial assistance in the form of 80% grants to enable tourism-dependent, small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and Arts and Culture Not-for-Profits (NFP) organizations, to equip themselves to meet Public Health guidelines and protocols. 

Utility Relief Program for Nonprofits
Nonprofits may be eligible for up to $1,500 in relief from their utility bills under the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program as of January 1. 

COVID-19 Regional Relief & Recovery Fund (RRRF) open to Nonprofits
Nonprofit social enterprises in southern Ontario with 1- 499 staff are now eligible for the RRRF, which provides interest-free operating loans (of which a portion is forgivable if paid in full by the end of 2022). Because eligibility was determined by the regional federal agency FedDevOntario, nonprofits had been inexplicably excluded from the first round.
Webinars and Training
Upcoming Webinars From the Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA)
1 | Online Performances: A short-lived substitution activity or a new business model?
Tues, Jan. 19, 3pm
2 | Online Performances: Providing value for the buck (and making a few bucks in return)
Tues, Jan. 26, 3pm

Webinar/Speaker Series | Arts Response Tracking Survey
Tues, Jan. 19, 3pm
Business / Arts, the National Arts Centre and Nanos Research present the obstacles organizations have to overcome to make their patrons comfortable enough to return. 
ASL Interpretation available.

Webinar Recording | Arts Engage
What if? Imagining New Ways of Working in the Performing Arts
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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