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2021 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards
Nominate Now!
Who will you Nominate?
Nomination forms and guides are now available. 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.
The Awards Show will be celebrated in Fall 2021.
For more information/questions contact Cultural Services Staff at: culture@stcatharines.ca

Join us for an Arts Awards Nomination Info Session
  • WHEN: Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 5:30 to 6:30pm
  • WHERE: Zoom session. Details provided by email in advance.
  • WHAT: Join staff for a zoom session where they will share tips & tricks for completing a nomination and answer your questions. We suggest you read the guidelines and category descriptions in advance of the session (available online at www.stcatharines.ca/artsawards).
  • RSVP: email culture@stcatharines.ca and staff will email you a zoom link in advance of the meeting; please include "Arts Awards Info Session" in your email.
  • Those without access to zoom are encouraged to call staff and set up an appointment if you have questions about your nomination. Call 905 359 7348.

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!
St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program | Culture Days Activity Program - Apply Now!
What is Culture Days?
  • Culture Days is a month-long national event (September 24 to October 24, 2021) to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
  • SCCIP Culture Days Activity Program funding is intended for artists, businesses or organizations who wish to run a Culture Days activity in St. Catharines.
  • Activities must respond to the mandate of Culture Days and create public participation in cultural experiences, with the aim of inspiring future involvement in the cultural life of the community.

Deadline: Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 4:30 pm for 2021 activities.
Application materials, Guidelines and eligibility requirements are now available on the City's website: https://www.stcatharines.ca/en/investin/development-funding.asp

Join is for a Culture Days Application Info Session
  • WHEN: Wednesday, February 24, from 5:30 to 6:30pm
  • WHERE: Zoom session. Details provided by email in advance.
  • WHAT: Cultural Services Staff will give a short presentation on the program and answer your questions. We suggest you read the Guidelines document (available online below) before the meeting and have an idea of the activity you would like to apply for. 
  • RSVP: email culture@stcatharines.ca and staff will email you a zoom link in advance of the meeting. **In your email please request the “Culture Days meeting”.
  • Those without access to zoom are encouraged to call staff and set up an appointment to discuss your application. Call 905 359 7348.
Call to Artists (RFPQ),
Neil Peart Memorial
The City of St. Catharines is looking to commission an original, site-specific, permanent work of public art to recognize the significant musical contribution of Neil Peart, a former St. Catharines resident, a world renowned musician, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a member of the Progressive Rock band Rush, and author. The artwork is to be located in Lakeside Park, Port Dalhousie.

Note: an artwork proposal is not requested at this time.
Requests for Pre-Qualifications (RFPQ’s) are only accepted online through the Bids and Tenders website: https://stcatharines.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en
Deadline to express interest: March 29.
Virtual Family-Day | Free Family-Friendly Programming
Monday, February 15

Join the City of St. Catharines as we celebrate Family Day virtually with activities that provide opportunities for those of all ages!

Virtual Activities | Arts, Culture and Heritage

10 a.m. | I-Spy Tour (Museum)
Click here for all of the Museum activities on Family Day: https://fb.me/e/1Tk0VIkuE

11 a.m. | Creation Station (Museum)

12 noon | Indigenous Story-Telling and Artistic Response (Cultural Services with Niagara Regional Native Centre)
Join us for Lunch-time story-time and artistic responses as we share an Indigenous Story-Telling, exploring the Anishinaabe Creation Story. Then immediately after the story, we will present ideas for how you can create responsive pieces at home.
Find full event details and video links on the Facebook event here: 

1:30 p.m. | Artifact Unboxing (Museum)

2:30 p.m. | STC StoryLab Launch (Museum)

Other Family Day Fun with the City:
  • Family Day Water-Themed Experiments
  • Baking with Monica
  • Track Your Trails Challenge
  • We are also facilitating Family Telephone Conference Calls
Events & Workshops
History | St. Catharines Museum Virtual Programs
Virtual Live-Stream | Lecture Series
Upcoming Free Lectures:
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
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!
Music | The TD Niagara Jazz Festival
Live-Stream Concert Series
Upcoming Concerts:
Feb. 14, 7pm | Twilight Jazz Series:
Louis Armstrong / New Orleans Trad Jazz Tribute
Note: the Natalie Cole Trio originally scheduled for Feb. 14 has been postponed to May.
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. 
Learn more: http://bit.ly/3buBYtq
Calls to Artists
In the Soil Festival
Call for Artists for a summer series of art events and happenings throughout the Niagara Region, inspired by the theme of Lost / Found. Open to submissions from contemporary performing and literary artists, musicians and media artists.
Deadline: Wed. March 17
The Coming Out Monologues V2
Calling all 2SLGBTQQIA+ Writers, Visual Artists, Musicians, & Poets.
OPIRG Brock is accepting artist applications.
Deadline: Sun, March 22, 5pm
Creative Conversations | Pen Pal Project
Join a welcoming and connective creative project.
Challenge yourself in a call and response style, be inspired, join the artists chat. All genres and skill levels are encouraged to join in. Learn more about the process and sign up for the next round.
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 | Healthy Communities Initiative
Facilitated by the Niagara Community Foundation
$1.8 million in funding available to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19
Deadline: March 9, 8pm

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
Virtual Lecture | Ontario Presents
Nurturing Local Culture: Stories from Creative People and Places
Virtual, free event designed for members of the performing arts community.
Tues, Feb. 23, 10am to 12pm

Webinar | Fraud Awareness and Prevention for Non-Profit Sector
Presented by the Niagara Community Foundation
Free Webinar
Wed, Feb. 24, 1pm

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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