Volume 9 - Issue 20

Friday, July 17, 2020
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FROM THE CITY OF ST. CATHARINES
 
Information about the City's response to COVID19


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 City Council passed a by-law earlier this week requiring 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 comes into effect this
Friday, July 17, 2020.

RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
Print and post signage:




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STAY CONNECTED WITH THE CULTURAL SERVICES OFFICE
 
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ST. CATHARINES CULTURAL INVESTMENT PROGRAM (SCCIP) UPDATES

2020 SCCIP PROGRAMS | NEW FUNDING PROGRAM ANNOUNCED | APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

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.
Deadline to apply: Friday, July 31, 4:30pm.

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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FOR LOCAL ARTISTS & ORGANIZATIONS
 
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.

Submit content for consideration:
Please email us at  culture@stcatharines.ca to submit.

Please include:

  • who is presenting/performing/involved.
  • date & time.
  • 1-2 descriptive sentences.
  • a link to a website/facebook event where people can find more details.

 
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LOCAL

New Orleans comes north for virtual Niagara Jazz Festival event | StCatharinesStandard.ca


Chorus Niagara Children's Choir preparing for modified season in September



BEYOND NIAGARA

ONTARIO STAGE 3 | Plus Additional Considerations for Live Performance
Note: Niagara has not yet moved into Stage 3.
Organizations and businesses can prepare for moving to Stage 3 by reviewing the following framework for reopening.

Additional Considerations for Live Performance Include:
- Performers must maintain physical distancing of two metres from every other person, except from other performers where necessary for purposes of the performance.
Audiences are subject to the number of people that can maintain physical distancing of at least two metres and cannot exceed gathering limits of 50 indoors and 100 outdoors. This applies to the entire facility, regardless of the number of theatres or performance stages within the facility.
- Performers and staff are not included in the gathering limits.
- Plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier is required between the audience and singers as well as players of brass or wind instruments
- Drive-in and drive-through venues, as permitted in Stage 2, are not subject to gathering limits.
- Concessions stands at drive-through venues may be accessed in-person or by drive-through or delivery to vehicles.


FEDERAL WAGE SUBSIDY | Extended to December 2020  
The federal government announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended to December 2020. The government has indicated that some changes will be made to the program, but have not yet announced details. 
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/wage-subsidy-extension-1.5647520


FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR CULTURE | Final Phase Details 
The federal government has now announced the final component of Phase 2 of the $500M COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Culture, Heritage and Sport Organizations. 


CANADA STUDENT SERVICE GRANTS | Non-Profits can register as a potential Volunteer Opportunity for Summer Students & Recent Graduates 
The Government of Canada has created the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), a program that will provide post-secondary students and recent graduates with volunteer opportunities to help with the response to COVID-19 at Canadian not-for-profit organizations. Students will be compensated.




 
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TD NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL PRESENTS... 

DIGITAL SUMMER MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
Sat, July 18, 3 to 11 pm
Tune in on Facebook live here: www.facebook.com/jazzniagara/live

Kicking off the Mardi Gras Day festivities with a traditional second line parade featuring the Heavyweights Brass Band, live and streamed from Niagara, followed by a live-streamed parade direct from the French Quarter streets of New Orleans with the Panorama Brass Band. Then non-stop music and interactive content all day long, live-streamed both from Niagara and direct from New Orleans, featuring:

The Big Smoke Brass Band (Niagara)
Panorama Brass Band (New Orleans)
The Vaudevillian (Niagara)
New Orleans Local Street Performers (New Orleans)
Ecirb Müller's Twisted Dixie (New Orleans)
Red Hot Ramble (Niagara)
Delfeayo Marsalis and The Uptown Jazz Orchestra (New Orleans)

Mardi Gras Free Workshops
Find recordings of past workshops at the link including Mardi Gras Fashion, Cocktails, Cooking, and Dance Step instruction to get you party-ready for the event!
www.facebook.com/jazzniagara/live


LIVE, LEARN, JAZZ DIGITAL CONCERT SERIES



 
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Virtual Programs from The St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

MUSEUM BLOG
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.


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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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Freedom, Presented by Suitcase in Point Theatre Company
A Community Mixtape to Celebrate Emancipation Day
August 1st is Emancipation Day, marking the end of slavery in the British Empire in the mid 19th-Century.
- Open to Niagara residents.
- Address what does "emancipation" and "freedom" mean to you?
- Audio Recordings max. 4 minutes in the form of a song, poem, anecdote or story, piece of music, spoken word, or stream of consciousness thoughts etc.
- Compensation provided to those selected.
Deadline: July 20, 2020
For any questions regarding submission content, please contact  marcel@suitcaseinpoint.com





CALL FOR ARTISTS
Digital Exhibit: Express Your Stress, Creations in Quarantine
- 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
The venues for each performance will be at local residential addresses, determined by an on-line auction-highest bid wins the right to have a 'show' on their front lawn or driveway. 

Full Details & Apply: 






 
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 is August 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 is July 31 at 8am.




 
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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!




MUSIC | Virtual Summer Concerts 
Presented by the City of St. Catharines
Wed, July 22, 7pm | Sabor Latino (Salsa & Jazz)
Wed, July 29, 7pm | Niagara Old Tyme Fiddlers


  


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.




#NIAGARAPERFORMS | FREE STREAMING 
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Watch Live or post-event recordings on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FirstOntPAC/
Or on Youtube: 
Sun, July 19, 7pm  | Spencer Mackenzie (Blues)
PAST PERFORMANCES: Are also available at these links. 




YOUTH PROGRAMS
Carousel Players Summer Virtual Theatre School
For Students ages 5-14
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: 




FILM | Nomadic Cinema
Presented by the Niagara Artists Centre (NAC)
A drive-in arthouse cinema with great things to eat rolling across Niagara this summer.
The f irst stop is at Church and Wellington Streets in St. Catharines. 
Multiple Dates | Gates to the lot open at 8:30PM / Films start at 9:15PM.
Due to current restrictions, capacity is limited.
Tickets are $36 per car, f
ood not included. 
https://nac.org/nac-nomadic-cinema/

 

FILM | The Film House At Home
Presented by the Film House at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre 
Virtual cinema experiences for you to enjoy from your home.
https://bit.ly/2XGT14q




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


SPECIAL INFO SESSION | With Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage Julie Dabrusin
Presented by Business/Arts, the Canadian Arts Coalition and Mass Culture
Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 3 pm ET
The Parliamentary Secretary will share the details from Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund announced by the Minister of Heritage on July 7 and what this means for Canada's arts sector.


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.
The survey reinforces the immediate and ongoing needs of the arts sector, which expects a long and slow recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.


TOOLKIT | Creative Alternatives to In-Person Arts-Based Activities
- Continuing a project or event with artist collaborations
- Engaging a community in a time of physical distancing
- Innovating and moving forward rather than freezing a project
- Keeping artists working during this time

RESOURCES | Guidance for Cultural and Heritage Spaces and Attractions Developed by the City of Toronto
WEBINARS | Arts, Culture and Business from Business/Arts
Webinar recordings can be found at: http://www.businessandarts.org/blog/


SAFE-REOPENING GUIDE FOR GALLERIES & MUSEUMS https://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.