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2020 Juried Exhibit | More Than Words: Truth and Reconciliation, Now On View
About the Exhibit
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 Reception
The Curator, Olivia Hope, explored the exhibit theme in conversation with the participating artists.
Watch the recording on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za2YCrGAxCU&t=1s

In-Person Viewing Appointments
Now on display on the 3rd Floor of St. Catharines City Hall, 50 Church St.
The Curator, Olivia Hope, will be on-site to facilitate discussion. Bookings for in-person viewing will be available by appointment only as follows:
Thursdays Dec. 10 and 17, 2020
Thursdays Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2021
At pre-determined times, 30 minute maximum duration.
February and March availability will be released in the new year.

COVID 19 Protocols: A maximum of 4 visitors per booking is permitted. Groups are encouraged to visit only with household members or social bubbles. Masks are required; social distancing and sanitization protocols will be followed.

Book your appointment: https://booking.stcatharines.ca/
In the “Service” dropdown menu please select “More Than Words-Exhibit Viewing.”

Questions: contact culture@stcatharines.ca
Culture Days In St. Catharines Continues Online
Culture Days 2020 was a real community effort with over 197 activities offered in St. Catharines. A wide variety of free digital programs and performances are now available on an ongoing basis on our website (link below).

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.

The City of St. Catharines is also proud to be recognized in 2020 as the #1 overall community in Canada for offering the most number of Culture Days activities!

Check it out and Find Your Creative Place!
Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) | Presents Small Feats Online Edition
Fri. Dec. 11 to Sun. Dec. 13
Online Arts Auction - new listings will be created throughout the weekend auction.
Details coming soon on the NAC website, Art to begin posting on Dec. 11:
Virtual Clubs | St. Catharines Museum
Programs for ages 5-7, 8+ and 10+
Session #1: Dec. 21 to 23 or Session #2: Dec. 28 to 30
The museum is offering programs for three different age groups this holiday season. These exploration programs consist of three x one hour sessions (one hour per day) from your choice of session listed above. These interactive programs will be offered virtually via Zoom. The Museum team has also developed supply kits for at-home engagement with each club program. A minimum donation of $10 per kit is suggested to offset materials costs; kits must be picked up a the Museum.
Register by calling 905-984-8880.
Carousel Players at the Library
Dec. 11 to Jan. 3
Step into the whimsical land of Winter World! The St. Catharines Central Library atrium will be transformed into the Snow Queen’s Palace.
Carousel Players will be on-site Dec. 12 & 19. |
Or visit any other open day: Mon. to Sat. 9am to 5pm, Tues. until 8pm.
St. Catharines Library Central Branch, 54 Church St.
Events & Workshops
City of St. Catharines Civic Christmas Concert
While guests won’t be invited to pack into St. Thomas’ Church for a live performance, there will still be plenty of opportunity to revel in the songs and sounds of the season.

The concert was recorded last week at St. Thomas’ Church, celebrating the 30th year of the traditional holiday event. This year’s concert features holiday wishes from Mayor Sendzik, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble and country music artist Tim Hicks.

Broadcasting on YourTV Niagara: Dec. 8 at noon; Dec. 10 at 8 pm; Dec. 12 at noon; and Dec. 13 at 12:30 pm.
Museum | St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre
In-Person Visits
The Museum, Centre & Lock 3 Viewing Platform
Timed entry daily, reservations suggested.
Sessions begin at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm and provide access for 90 minutes.
Masks Required.
Call: 905.984.8880
Virtual Live-Stream | Lecture Series
Upcoming lectures:
Tues. Dec. 8 at 7 pm | Marking Time: The Fashion and Textiles of Life Milestones, with Curator Kathleen Powell.
Email museum@stcatharines.ca to register
Recordings of past lectures: https://bit.ly/3eZ6088
Virtual | Museum Classroom
Mitten Tree
The St. Catharines Museum annual mitten tree campaign is now accepting donations!
Gather your new or handmade cold weather accessories (mittens/gloves, scarves, hats, etc).
See Museum open hours above.
Music | The TD Niagara Jazz Festival
Free Live-Stream Concert Series
Upcoming Concerts:
Fri. Dec. 4, 7pm | Faith Amour Duo
Watch upcoming live-streams or catch up with recordings of past performances:
Home for the Holidays | Virtual Sing-Along Fundraiser
Presented by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival
Sun. Dec. 6, 4 to 5pm
Stay tuned for announcements about special guests.
Pay What You Can, in support of TD Niagara Jazz Festival upcoming programs.
PWYC donations can be made here: www.niagarajazzfestival.com/donations
Connected World | Virtual Music Events
Sun. Dec. 20, 11:30am to 7:30pm
Join the TD Niagara Jazz Festival for a full day lineup of World Music performances, interactive workshops, food & beverage demonstrations, dance-alongs, sing-alongs, and fun for the whole family.
Visit their website for more information about artists and entertainers.
Music | Ron Sexsmith with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra
Sat. Dec. 5
In-person and digital options presented by the FirstOntario PAC
Niagara’s own Ron Sexsmith and the NSO perform for this fundraiser. Experience a beautiful dinner followed by in-person viewing of the show (hurry limited seats selling fast) or enjoy it from the comfort of your home by digital livestream. 
Music | Home For The Holidays | Virtual Fundraising Concert
Tues. Dec. 8, 8pm
Featuring Ola Kiermacz and Brooke Georgeneau
Presented by the FirstOntario PAC, live-streamed from Partridge Hall Stage.
Ticketed virtual fundraising event, PWYC/$2 minimum
100% of all proceeds raised will be donated to Food4Kids Niagara and the Foundation of Resources for Teens (FORT) to help children and families across Niagara experiencing hardship.
Theatre | The Foster Festival
The Christmas Tree
Dec. 4 to 19
Play by Norm Foster
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 digitally with options for local food pairings.
Virtual Film Screening | Wilma
Thurs. Dec. 10, 7 to 9pm 
Produced and directed by Ayo Adewumi (our 2019 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards Jury's Pick recipient). This film tells the story of local legend Wilma Morrison, who is regarded as the custodian of Black History in Niagara. If you cannot view at 7 pm, the link will remain accessible for 24 hours.
Use password: Wilma
Music | Virtual Concert: Welcome Christmas, Chorus Niagara Children's Choir
Sun. Dec.13, 3pm
CNCC presented an online holiday concert. Watch on their Facebook page.
Music | Gallery Players of Niagara | Digital Holiday Concert
Sun, Dec. 20, 2pm
Celtic Gems and Carols of Christmas Past
Featuring Glissandi & Guy Bannerman.
Live-streamed from the FirstOntario PAC.
$10 ticket provides one week of digital access.
Music | Bravo Niagara! Presents
Robi Botos: Romani Experience 
Bravo Niagara!'s Sounds of Hope program, a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, continues with the premiere of Robi Botos: Romani Experience. 
Voices of Freedom: A Musical Short Film
Presented by Bravo Niagara!
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!). 
Visual Arts | Storefront Sculptures
Local artists Sheldon Rooney and Jana Bergsma collaborate to present "Storefront Sculptures" in select St. Catharines businesses.

Find window installations at: Mindbomb Records Someday BooksMahtay Café & LoungeFrontier Barbers & CompanySecond DanceThe Watering Can Flower Market and FightFit
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.
Museum Exhibits
Niagara Falls Historical Museum
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!
Calls | Local
Comedy | Call for Submissions
Suitcase In Point Theatre | Deadline: Dec. 6
Holiday Cabaret Call for Submissions, Seeking Digital Comedy Shorts

Call for Youth Participants | Chorus Niagara Children's Choir
A dynamic choir for children ages 4-16; members are introduced to the basics of choral singing as they prepare for concerts. CNCC will be accepting new members in January, please email for details. cnchildrenschoir@gmail.com

Community Calendar | OUTNiagara
Ongoing | Add your upcoming LGBTQ2S+ friendly events to the OUTNiagara community calendar. https://www.outniagara.org/events/
Updates from Music Groups
Niagara singer Jess Wilson dreaming of a California Christmas | Niagara This Week | https://bit.ly/33KbIqf

Niagara symphony members to serenade holiday shoppers | Welland Tribune | https://bit.ly/3me9CWF

Bravo Niagara series marks 75th anniversary of end of Holocaust | St. Catharines Standard | https://bit.ly/376WUTi
Rodman Hall Art Centre Updates
Brock and community partners finalize plan to secure future of Rodman Hall collection | Brock News | https://bit.ly/37CURqq

Donatelli excited to take on Rodman Hall | St. Catharines Standard | https://bit.ly/3lJsig5

St. Catharines arts community mourns the loss of Rodman Hall | Niagara This Week | https://bit.ly/36IYw74

An Autopsy for Rodman Hall | Bart Gazzola for the Sound STC | https://thesound.rocks/an-autopsy-for-rodman-hall/

For more information on Rodman Hall Inc.:

Beyond Niagara
Changes to the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy
Proposed amendments to the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy mean that Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses.

Updates to COVID Safety Plan Requirements
Provincial requirements of Non-Profits may include a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

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.
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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