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The City of St. Catharines Arts Awards
Congratulations to the 2020 Recipients!
The community’s creative best, and those that support them, received their due on Sunday, October 25.

While the annual St. Catharines Arts Awards moved to a virtual format this year, there was no shortage of real-world talent and support in those recognized with awards during the online affair.

Aimed at celebrating excellence in all areas of artistic creation, the awards seek not only to recognize artistic talent, but to promote the city’s vibrant and growing arts scene. Awards recognize creators and those that support them through their leadership, financial assistance and volunteer efforts.

“Arts and culture gives us so much, it challenges us to think, grow and join together as a community,” said acting supervisor of Cultural Services Kathleen Powell, adding, “it’s no secret culture in our community has exploded in recent years, it’s evident in the recipients and in the list of truly phenomenal nominees, including those providing support for the arts to thrive and those creating and performing in our community.”

Arts Awards recipients each received a hand-crafted award and $500 to support future projects. The Emerging Artist recipient received $500 and a civic certificate. Arts Awards recipients were selected by a jury comprised of past recipients Ola Kiermacz (2019 Emerging Artist), Derek Knight (2018 Arts in Education), the 2019 Awards co-director, Emily Oriold of the Foster Festival, and awards committee representative Wynne Nicholson presiding.

2020 Arts Awards Recipients:

Arts in Education Award, sponsored by the St. Catharines Downtown Association:
Kari-Lynn Winters

Emerging Artist Award, sponsored by Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery:
Erica Sherwood

Established Artist Award, sponsored by Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts: Danny Custodio

Making a Difference Award, sponsored by the Pen Centre: Juliet Dunn

Jury’s Pick Award: Candice Turner-Smith

Event Sponsors Include: The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Flashbox Photography, the Sound STC, YourTV, and Alectra

Catch Up
Watch the recording on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD-B-YZDiEk
In the News
Events & Workshops

Theatre | Brock University Dramatic Arts Present:
Scenes From an Execution
By Howard Barker
Directed by David Fancy
Free Livestreams until Nov. 7

Reserve your free online viewing space: https://bit.ly/34DFmOD

Museum | St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

In-Person Visits
The Museum, Centre & Lock 3 Viewing Platform
Timed entry daily, reservations suggested.
Call: 905.984.8880
Masks required.

Exhibit Last Call | Outbreak: The Spanish Flu 1918-1919
In-Person: On view until Nov. 16.
Virtual Exhibit Tour:
Nov. 15, 4:30 pm live on Facebook:

New Podcast | In Conversation with Author / Historian Tim Cook

Virtual Live-Stream | Lecture Series

Virtual | Museum Classroom
Fundraiser | In Support of Carousel Players
Virtual Silent Auction
Online Bidding Nov. 16 to 30.

Theatre | The Foster Festival
The Christmas Tree
By Norm Foster
In-person: Dec. 4 to 19, 2020

There’s never been a more important time to bring Norm Foster’s Humour with Heart to Niagara! The Foster Festival will be offering staged readings of Norm Foster’s one-act play, The Christmas Tree, at restaurants across the region. Each ticket includes lunch or dinner. Restaurants are spacing tables for 2 and 4 people, COVID requirements in place, seating is limited and advance tickets are required.

Museum | Niagara Falls Historical Museum Exhibits

In-Person: On View until Jan. 10, 2021

North is Freedom, a photographic exhibition created by photographer Yuri Dojc.
And We Rise, an exhibition co-created with Justice 4 Black Lives founder, Sherri Darlene.

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!

Music | Bravo Niagara!
Presents Voices of Freedom:
A Musical Short Film

The Maple Blues Award-winning Blackburn Brothers, descendants of freedom seekers, and special guest Measha Brueggergosman give voice to Niagara’s significant Black history with powerful performances of spirituals and new music. Experience the world premieres of the Blackburn Brothers’ original songs Freedom Train and Sister Wilma (commissioned by Bravo Niagara!). 

Music | The TD Niagara Jazz Festival
Free Live-Stream Concert Series

Watch Live-streams or catch up with recordings of past performances.

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/
Survey | The National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS)
All arts organizations, artists, and arts workers across Canada are encouraged to participate in the survey by Monday, November 23, 2020.
For more information and a link to the survey, visit:
Resources for Organizations and Professionals
Funding Opportunities

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

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


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)
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.
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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