Volume 9 - Issue 22

Friday, July 31, 2020
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FROM THE CITY OF ST. CATHARINES
 
Information about the City's response to COVID19


CITY FACILITIES REOPENING PLAN
Please note, with the fluid nature of the ongoing emergency, some dates listed below are subject to change.
Playground equipment, July 24 | Residents should note playground equipment will not be sanitized. 
Port Weller Community Centre, July 27 Drop in recreational activities and modified programming.
St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, July 28 Reservations required, call 905.984.8880 to book your time.
Happy Rolph's Animal Farm washrooms, July 31 Animals will not return this year to the farm.
City Hall, Aug. 10 By appointment only, book online at www.stcatharines.ca/CitizensFirst, or by calling 905.688.5600. 
Russell Avenue Community Centre, Aug. 22 Modified programming.
Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, Aug. 22.
St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre |   Aug. 31  leisure and lane swimming only.
Sept. 21 - Swim lessons, fitness classes and rentals may resume.

Read the Press Release for full details: 


FRAMEWORK FOR RECOVERY
The Recovery Plan outlines the strategic efforts to reintroduce services; reopen facilities; and support both residents and businesses. 



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 .

RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
Print and post signage:




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We want to help you get the word out about your upcoming arts or culture events, programs or helpful resources. Content may be included in upcoming issues of Culture Ink and may be featured on the St. Catharines Culture Social Media accounts.

Email us to submit content for consideration:  culture@stcatharines.ca


 
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ST. CATHARINES CULTURAL INVESTMENT PROGRAM (SCCIP)
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE TODAY BY 4:30 PM, JULY 31

ARTS & CULTURE COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION PROGRAM

The Arts and Culture Community Revitalization Program support s projects that engage St. Catharines residents through performances, community art experiences, neighbourhood cultural activities and/or experiences that encourage participation, creativity and innovation. Priority will be given to arts and culture initiatives that support downtown revitalization and/or seek to enhance public life during recovery from the COVID-19 epidemic.

Deadlines for the following programs have closed for 2020: Culture Days Activity Program, and Sustaining Funding (Core, Midsized and Festival Programs)    
For More Information: www.stcatharines.ca/SCCIP

 

 
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LOCAL

City to Undertake Broad Consultation on Relocation of Pte. Alexander Watson Statue

Brock University Alumni recognized with Emmy Award


Shaw Festival Hoping for Fall Opening of Three Productions


Closed Since January, Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre Set to Reopen August 2



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DIGITAL AND IN-PERSON EVENTS FROM THE FIRSTONTARIO PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE


EMANCIPATION DAY CELEBRATIONS
Fri, July 31 IN PERSON | Free Outdoor Film Screenings in the PAC backyard
    9pmIt Takes a Riot: Race, Rebellion, Reform (25min)
    9:30pmWilma (1hr 14min) with introduction by St. Catharines director Ayo Adewumi. Ayo was       
    recognized with the 2019 St. Catharines Arts Award - Jury's Pick
Sat, Aug 1 | VIRTUAL | Speaker Series
    11am  | Judge Rochelle Ivri | Black history in the Niagara Region / featuring NOTL
    12pm | Rochelle Bush-Tubman | The significance of the Salem Chapel BME Church and Freedom     
    Seekers that settled in St. Catharines
    1pm | Dr. Tamari Kitosa | The effects of slavery on mental health within the Black community today
    2pm | Flag raising 

Sat, Aug 1 | IN PERSON | Free Outdoor Concert in the PAC Backyard
    5-6 and 7-8pm OKAN 




IN PERSON | FREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS
In the Mann Raceway Plaza, directly behind the FirstOntario PAC.
Please bring a mask, washroom facilities are not available, please bring a blanket or chairs.
Respect social-distancing.
Sat, Aug. 15 | 5-6 and 7-8pm | The Mark Lalama Trio
Sat, Aug. 29 | 5-6 and 7-8 pm | The Figure Four

IN PERSON | FREE OUTDOOR FILM SCREENINGS 
Films begin at Dusk, held in the Mann Raceway Plaza, directly behind the FirstOntario PAC.
Please bring a mask, washroom facilities are not available, please bring a blanket or chairs.
Respect social-distancing.
Fri, Aug. 14 | The Lost Boys | USA, 1987. Comedy, horror. 1hr37mins. R.
Fri, Aug. 28 | Best in Show | USA, 2000. Comedy. 1hr30mins. PG-13.

More details about outdoor events: https://bit.ly/2BDXFaO




#NIAGARAPERFORMS | FREE STREAMING CONCERTS AND EVENTS
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Watch Live or post-event recordings on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FirstOntPAC/



 
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St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre, Lock 3 Viewing Platform is Now Open to the Public
  • The Museum facility and the Lock 3 Viewing Platform is open by timed entry only.
  • Visitors will be required to call ahead and book a time to visit the facility. 905.984.8880
  • Visitors will have 1.5 hours to visit the Museum and Lock 3 Viewing Platform with their timed entry. 
  • There will be four entry times throughout the day: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Masks will be required to visit the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.
  • The Centre is closed at times throughout the day to accommodate additional cleaning of the facility.
  • The Lock 3 Viewing Platform will only be accessible through the building in order to control the number of visitors to the site.
  • Visitors are encouraged to wash hands frequently and hand sanitizer stations are provided throughout the facility to help visitors stay safe
Virtual Programs from The St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

MUSEUM BLOG & MUSEUM CLASSROOM
Hear about interesting artifacts that are being catalogued, exhibition and programme development and events and activities that are upcoming for you to enjoy!  Share your memories or experiences of an event or artifact; or ask staff questions about caring for historic objects. Check out the Helpful resources in the Museum Classroom to keep your kids engaged this summer. 


COMMUNITY LEGACY PROJECT | Legacy of a Pandemic
What are your stories and experiences as society shuts down around us and we work to fight off this invisible enemy?


MUSEUM PODCASTS | One Hour in the Past
Did you ever notice that a simple information search can lead you in strange and wonderful directions? As in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, historical research can lead you down a winding rabbit hole that might take you off your original path and lead you to new and amazing historical places!



 
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CALLS


CALL FOR YOUTH MUSICIANS & SINGERS | JAZZ COMPETITION
Jazz 4 the Ages Competition Presented by TD Niagara Jazz Festival
Calling all youth musicians and performers...
Deadline: Aug. 3
Age Ranges Include: 12 and under, 13 - 17, 18 - 23
Audition as a solo performer or vocalist, or as a jazz band or ensemble.
Details to apply:  https://bit.ly/33gPWuC
Submission formhttps://bit.ly/2XbFJMg
There are cash prizes for all finalists and winners and festival performance opportunities.




CALL FOR ARTISTS
Digital Exhibit: Express Your Stress, Creations in Quarantine
Deadline: Aug. 3
- Art to reflect the artists feelings and mindset during the COVID 19 pandemic
- 10 artists will be selected, artist fee of $500
- Mediums eligible: visual arts, film, photography and other multimedia
- Beginning in September, a 10 week online exhibition - one artist featured each week
For more information and to receive the application please email:  trishamrolfe@gmail.com




CALL FOR ARTISTS AND PERFORMANCES
Arts to the Folks, Presented by the Niagara Folk Arts Festival
Seeking artists from all formats: music, dance, DJ's, visual arts, dramatic readings, theater presentations and more. Presentations do not need to be cultural in nature and could be presented in other languages. Performances must be family-friendly and able to be presented on a residential front lawn, sidewalk or boulevard. The performances will be live streamed. Artist bursaries to be negotiated.
PERFORMANCES TO BE AUCTIONED
Full Details & Apply: 






CALL FOR INTEREST
Audio Storytelling and Podcast Creation Program
Presented by FixtPoint
Deadline: Aug. 20
Volunteer for the Empathy Squad to make a difference in your community through the power of audio storytelling. Join their free virtual training program open to youth aged 18-30 who want to learn podcasting and audio production skills.



 
SURVEYS

Canada Council Seeking Input
The Canada Council we're looking for your insights on how to best target their resources and focus their efforts over the next five years;
Deadline to participate: Aug. 21.


Tourism Industry Association of Ontario seeking Input
The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario has released survey 7.0. Info is collected to assist those trying to access provincial and federal government support and advise the government on how to best support the industry. 
Deadline to participate:  July 31.




 
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CITY OF ST. CATHARINES VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES
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!




COMMUNITY ART EVENT | Persistent Humanity
Presented at Niagara Artists Centre by Artist Magdolene Dykstra
Sat., Aug. 8, 12 to 3pm
The Artist invites the community to join her in asserting their persistent humanity by making their mark (their fingerprint) on a community painting.  In recording our existence with the earth, these paintings explore freedom as the right to exist, persist, and assert our humanity.






THEATRE | Normflix 
Presented by The Foster Festival
Watch as Norm answers questions from you, and you'll see a few familiar faces, as well. Want to ask Norm a question? The Foster Festival is taking video submissions for upcoming episodes. 
Videos can be submitted to info@fosterfestival.com.




COMMUNITY MIXTAPE: FREEDOM
Presented by Suitcase in Point Theatre Company
Release Date: August 7, 2020  
A mixtape of community performances to celebrate Emancipation Day






MUSIC | Digital Free Concert Series
Presented by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival
Fri, July 31, 7pm | Bernie Senesky (jazz)
Sun, Aug 9, 2pm | Amanda Martinez (world music)
All of their past presentations can also be viewed on the facebook link.

Mardi Gras Celebration
Missed the event? You can view all of the performance recordings on facebook. 
Also find recordings of past Mardi Gras free workshops including Mardi Gras Fashion, Cocktails, Cooking, and Dance Step instruction!




PODCAST | One Dish One Mic
In the heart of the One Dish One Spoon Traty territory, Niagarans Sean Vanderklis and Karl Dockstader dish on any and all issues.






YOUTH PROGRAMS
Carousel Players Summer Virtual Theatre School
SHAW FESTIVAL & CAROUSEL PLAYERS MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP
August 10-21 |  Ages 11-14 | $70
A daily mix of on and off-line activities for children to explore and express their dramatic creativity.






YOUTH PROGRAMS
Craft Kits for Kids by the St. Catharines Public Library
Weekly craft kits for kids are now available! New kits will be released each week and are available during curbside pickup hours at Central or Merritt Libraries while quantities last. No appointment necessary. Find out on Mondays what the craft of the week will be on the Library's Facebook Page: 

Visit the Library Online! 
Join the Library for a number of virtual programs through their social media channels. For more information about upcoming programs, visit their virtual programs page: http://stcatharines.library.on.ca/virtual




PROGRAMS | Seniors' Centre Without Walls
Presented by the City of St. Catharines Older Adult Centres
Interactive telephone-based social and educational programming.
Free for St. Catharines residents ages 50+.
Program schedules are posted at:  www.stcatharines.ca/OAC
Please register by calling 905-688-5600 ext. 1554, or email: 





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FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS & CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY | Ontario Presents |  Engagement Micro-grants for Community Presenters
Ontario Presents is now offering a limited number of micro-grants (up to $5000) to presenters who wish to partner with a local artist to craft a project that will engage the community with the performing arts.   Applications are open to any small-hall, community presenters (volunteer or professional) in Ontario. Applicants do not need to be members of Ontario Presents, nor must they be venue-based.  Contact natalie@ontariopresents.ca  
Apply by Fri, Aug. 21 


SURVEY RESULTS | Canadian Arts Coalition
The Canadian Arts Coalition has now shared the results of their recent survey of over 5,900 arts and culture organizations and 58,650 individual artists.


TOOLKIT | Creative Alternatives to In-Person Arts-Based Activities


RESOURCES | Guidance for Cultural and Heritage Spaces and Attractions Developed by the City of Toronto


SAFE-REOPENING GUIDE FOR GALLERIES & MUSEUMShttps://bit.ly/3hydPTv 
 

ONTARIO LIVE WEBSITE | Organizations Can Now Sign Up for Listing https://ontario.live/ 
 


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.