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Tell us how you support arts and culture

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I support arts and culture by giving all my heart and soul towards it. I work in a non-profit organization, Prince Albert Multicultural Council, for a couple years now. And I really love my job, because I am able to help and assist newcomers, like me, to settle in our community and area, and we also do promote culture and arts by organizing multicultural events and concerts. Two of our main annual events we organize are Canada Day celebration and Tapestrama Cultural Festival. With Canada Day celebration, we aim for a gathering to not only celebrates Canada but to also embrace the diversity of Canada, in terms of different culture it comprises now. Tapestrama is a very successful annual event held the last weekend of September during SaskCulture days. It showcases the tapestry of Canadian Cultures comprised of dances, music, food, customs and traditions intermingling together. Tapestrama portrays the heritage and culture of Canadian people and strives to promote racial tolerance. Aside from that, we partner with our Friendship Centre for a Multicultural Pow wow, an event in which Newcomers and First Nation people get together to celebrate as one. Concerts also are organized showcasing local artists as they share their love of arts through music. Our centre is a home for local artists to also put on display their paintings and artworks. With all these events which we organized, it’s not ONLY ME, who showed deep support towards arts and culture, but everybody who joined us and celebrated with us. I am proud to say that I was able to share my love of arts and cultures through this simple way.

by Michelle H., Prince Albert, SK

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I support many Moose Jaw cultural programs. I teach piano to underprivileged children and volunteer at the annual music festival. I am a founding board member, former secretary and volunteer coordinator of RuBarb Productions, a non-profit theatre group. I am on the Moose Jaw Library Board and volunteer with Friends of the Library, a group which raises funds for the local library. I am a previous volunteer, board member and past president for the Festival of Words, an annual literary festival. I participate in a community choir and play the piano for church services at senior's homes.

by Gayle J., Moose Jaw, SK

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I am an artist. I belong to the Delta Arts Council, the South Delta Artists' Guild, Watershed Artworks Society and Artists in the Village. I have shown my work through these organizations for years and have volunteered at events to raise money for the arts. I have often donated paintings for silent auction fundraisers for the Delta Arts Council, the Artists Guild, Delta Hospice Society, the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra and to raise funds for Breast Cancer. I volunteered at the recently held Grand Prix of Art in Delta as registrar and ambassador.

by Marilyn A., Delta, BC

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Arts and Culture is the breath of living. Without that, life is just work and responsibility. Art brings us joy and the ability to express our ourselves; to see other's views and share the passion of our own. I support ARts & CuLtuRe as a daily principle. Attending house concerts and those in the park, buying art, and supporting creativity in our city. I attend museums and art shows, find myself taking up a brush or sketching at a gallery. Art in all forms attracts me, and I long to share it and support it.

by Larynda M., Calgary, AB

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Arts & culture bring passion & purpose to life! A member of the Royal Ontario Museum, I currently volunteer on the management committee of the Hamilton-based Canadian Orpheus Male Choir (COMC). The COMC supports community and charitable fundraising efforts through choral concerts. The Players Guild of Hamilton, the oldest community theatre in North America, held a stagecraft workshop series, which I enjoyed taking. Last year, I answered their Facebook plea for volunteers to help park cars on one of the coldest nights of the winter! A community newspaper publishes articles I write about local musicians, artists, and related businesses.

by Shiona M., Hamilton, ON

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The diverse language of culture and the expressive creativity of the arts crosses boundaries of age and ability. And both arts and culture ache to be communally shared. As a father, I share with my two young children the excitement of new cultural experiences and the joy of the arts whenever possible. As community support worker, my aim is to increase the quality of life for adults with developmental delays; I do this, in part, by supporting and sharing in their access to artistic and cultural events in the community. Me, my children, my clients -- we're better for it.

by Iain M., Langley, BC

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I support Arts and Culture in my city in many ways! I volunteer for Project X Theatre; regularly attend Western Canada Theatre, the Kamloops Art Gallery and Kamloops Festival of the Arts. My kids attend Beattie School of the Arts, Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music and Nuance Dance. We volunteer and attend BC Living Arts events and my kids have played instruments and sold original works of art at the Kamloops Farmer's Market. My daughter also plays violin with the Thompson Valley Orchestra and chamber groups in the city. ART IS ALIVE AND WELL IN KAMLOOPS,B.C!

by Anita W., Kamloops, BC

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I am happy to say that we are proud members of Suzart Musical Theatre Productions. As a family we have directed, performed, built and designed sets, musical directed, done hair and make-up design, made costumes, designed posters, done hospitality, props design, stage managed and several other theatre related duties. We have served on committee's and participated in retreats all with the goal of helping this community theatre company thrive and succeed. Our daughter was the youth director on the board of directors. We have worked with several local theatre companies and give our time to help them succeed!

by Ellen S., Stittsville, ON

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My family are great arts and culture lovers! My husband, daughters and I all volunteer regularly with our local non-profit theatre company, RuBarb Productions Inc., in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I am on the volunteer Board and help with costuming, my daughters perform and my husband operates spotlight. Even my parents have gotten involved in volunteering - it has become a great way to spend family time and give back to our community. We also attend many performances at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre and other cultural events in our community such as Park Art and Festival of Words.

by Amanda Z., Moose Jaw, YT

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As a father and an artist I support the arts by engaging my child in artistic and creatively engaging activities. By going to the Winnipeg Art gallery, going to openings and above all making art myself and with my child. I think the arts are important for development and creating a strong mind. It allows a person to go beyond the mainstream, the ordinary, the linear and above all allows room for imagination.

by Shaun M., Arnes, MB

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On twitter we regularly share and support our local arts and culture community, including orchestra events, ballet, food, plays, the Glenbow museum and even jazz dance - you name it. Our avatar was painted by Mandy Stobo (Bad Portraits), a local artist, who is truly amazing. Check us out! http://twitter.com/Crackmacs

by Crack M., Calgary, AB

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I dedicate my time volunteering as an artist assistant, videographer, and photographer for numerous Free Style Chinese painting and Belly dancing workshops each year during Culture Days, the Maritime Festival, and other local art events. I started learning Chinese painting when I was 7 and have had several group exhibitions since 2006. I enjoyed how Chinese painting gave me a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture. I also love creative arts and was an active participant in the Richmond Art Gallery Artist Trading Cards sessions. My binders are filled with my creative collections and awesome art creations from other artists.

by Hazel C., Richmond, BC

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On June 2011 with guidance from Kingston's Aboriginal community, I approached the City of Kingston council to approve an Aboriginal Peoples Month Proclamation and gifted a talking stick to all citizens. I was also honoured to conduct the first every smudge ceremony for the city council on June 2014. I am a member on various community, city and local committees to support and enhance Aboriginal peoples community in Kingston. This includes assisting many municipal, provincial and local organizations connect and promote local Aboriginal people and their gifts they have to share with the

by Paul C., Kingston, ON

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I support Arts and Culture by teaching and sharing my passion for the violin to people of all ages; by donating funds to the local performing arts groups; by creating a performing arts organization (the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga) that provides meaningful performance opportunities to professional performers, by creating cultural programs that are relevant to my community, by creating engaging performance programs for young audiences of all ages, and by fundraising so that all of these performance programs can be accessible to all.

by Peggy H., Mississauga, ON

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I live in London, Ontario and we have a vibrant arts community. I have season tickets to The Grand Theatre productions and admire & enjoy the first rate productions offered. I am also a volunteer and former coordinator of the London Lesbian Film Festival, which has run every year since 1992 in London, providing an opportunity for shared common culture and celebration. London's Victoria Park is the home to a 'festival' every weekend of the summer located in the heart of the downtown.

by Terry H., London, ON

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I work in the local arts and cultural community! I choose to do so because I love making a difference for my community via directly supporting art and culture. Specifically, I facilitate the provision of professional quality symphonic music and education programs to Alberta's third largest city and throughout central Alberta. Our audience is thousands large, ranging from elementary school children to seniors.

by Chandra K., Red Deer, AB

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I support arts and culture by inspiring others with creative advice. I love to paint, make mixed media art and discuss it with others. I love visiting museums and traveling and seeing sights, sounds, trying food and getting immersed in culture! I think it's so important to become well rounded by allowing yourself to just soak up all the differences that our world has to offer. I have showed my bright creations in Vancouver but there's so much more i would love to do.

by Margaux W., Surrey, BC

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I love to go to live theater which promotes local performers. I supported Saskatoon summer players in the recent debut of Shrek the musical and then last night I went to the Medieval Feast before seeing Shakespheare's Much Ado about Nothing. (I attach a photo of myself in a group doing a 'belly dance' in a 'made in India' dress (see green/blue dress photo attached). I am also hosting a local Saskatoon author/ educator, Alison Uitti for Culture Days the last weekend in September for her live and interactive presentation on "We Are Treaty People".

by Deborah M., Saskatoon, SK

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First of all we are 'buyers'. We buy art, we attend theatre, we go to music nights. And then we host. Living remotely, as many of us do in Alberta, we find that offering space for artists to come and entertain us, engage and leave us with a richer appreciation for all kinds of art forms is not only possible but necessary. When we travel we look for more artists to build partnerships with. We use all the tools we have at our disposal to link artists to possibilities. Because without art lose a way of looking at the world.

by Marianne G., Jasper, AB

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I am a proud Métis citizen from Ontario. I absolutely love learning about the rich heritage of my own family, and of other Indigenous people who live in Canada. My favourite time of the year is summer when I get to attend Pow Wows, participate in traditional ceremonies, hear the glorious sounds of Indigenous singers and drummers, and meet new people from across the country who share in the same pride. This year, I had the honour of learning the smudge ceremony from one of my Elders, and I love sharing the beautiful teachings that he gave me with others!

by Bekki W., Ottawa, ON

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Three years ago I joined the HSO Bd of Directors. I wanted to help out their team by giving back what I had learned in my professional past life as a principal. I became the general manager of HSO and managed the orchestra from booking venues, to selling tickets, managing volunteers, advertising, and most of all I have met people that I indeed can call my friends. It truly has been an awesome journey from knowing very little about a community orchestra to becoming the veritable lead, amongst many.

by Don M., Ravenna, ON

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London has an ever growing and vibrant Arts community. Several local award winning theatre groups like The London Community Players and Theatre Soup. We have some have some of the best festivals in Ontario, including Home County folk Festival, Sunfest, Rocks the Park, and The Fringe festival (theatre), Pride London and The London Lesbian Film Festival. Not to mention many smaller ethnic festivals all held in our beautifully refurbished downtown. My partner and I are season tickets holders to the Grand Theatre which remains a great tradition here in London.

by Phyllis A., London, ON

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I am a long time volunteer, and the Past President of the Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre in Haliburton Village. I am the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Haliburton Art & Craft Festival. I volunteer one evening weekly with the Highlands Summer Festival Theatre in Haliburton Village. I attend locally produced concerts and theatre productions, and enjoy taking ukulele lessons with a local group, and this year attended the Haliburton County Folk Society Winter Music Camp, taking the ukulele program!

by Victoria S., West Guilford, ON

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I support Arts & Culture by volunteering with the Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association to promote Japanese culture in our community. I also get seasons tickets to Community Concerts at the Kelowna Community Theatre and encourage youth to get involved in cultural experiences by offering dance, drama and art programs through my job as a Community Recreation Coordinator with the City of Kelowna Active Living & Culture division.

by Kathleen R., West Kelowna, BC

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We've always loved painting, drawing and appreciating art galleries, especially supporting locals. We've recently found a new home to create together as a family at Rumble House Art in Calgary where people of all talents, age and backgrounds come together for Art Rumbles on Wednesday evenings. In two hours artists create and then have a chance to auction off their work at the end of the night. Fabulous pieces can be found for as little as $2! I can't believe how much fun we have!

by Angela S., Calgary, AB

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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"-Picasso. Life is more free, more happy, and more fully lived with art. With my voice and body I have volunteered my time to perform in a play where the proceeds were donated to several charities. Art has followed me through fifteen years of ballet to now see my daughter performing as I once did. Art saw me through my husband passing away as I turned to blogging and writing to help others who were grieving. And most importantly, I hand my children paintbrushes and paper, supporting the next generation!

by Sarah V., Grande Pointe, ON

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We attend! We attend all types of events, shows, and attractions. We buy! We buy art and pieces created by our Canadian artisans at local art shows, tours, and galleries. We appreciate, and show our children how to consume and appreciate art and culture! We teach! We teach our children to learn...dance, music, theatre and visual arts are a part of their daily lives.

by Diana R., Barrie, ON

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I am a singer in the Kokopelli Choir association for the past 15 years. We perform for many audience members throughout the year. I support them in fundraising activities for the organization itself and for raising money to bring members to Canada from Africa from our sister choir in Namibia. I also attend many summer activities such as the Fringe, street festival, art walk and donate money when I can. Love the arts and culture here in Edmonton. One of the best around!

by Anita R., Edmonton, AB

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In addition to regularly attending arts and cultural events like concerts, plays, art and film festivals, galleries, museums, that are both professional and amateur, I also sponsor opportunities for the children of some of my friends to attend, as their parents don't have enough disposable income to pay for these important learning opportunities. The arts opens up one's mind to help one explore new horizons and strive for something that just may be beyond their grasp, now, but not necessarily, forever. It's important to explore the unknown until it becomes the familiar and then, to start again.

by Norma-Jean A., Vaughan, ON

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I coordinate several events each year to raise funds for the Lacombe Arts Endowment to assist citizens in continuing their arts education. Each year we host new events to reach out to people who may never have looked at original art, attended a free concert, or considered other genres to be artistic or cultural. We have brought airbrushed motorcycles, local designer fashions, European corsets and tattoos to our art shows to appeal to those who may not normally come to an art event. Our shows feature literary, musical and visual arts to appeal to all ages and encourage community creativity.

by Maureen M., Lacombe, AB

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I am from the punjabi descent and am a part of the Regina Punjabi Association. This association celebrates, promotes, and educates the regina and Saskatchewan community of the punjabi culture. Since I was 5 years old I have been performing different punjabi dances such an bhanhra and gidja on various events in Saskatchewan. I am involved with the Sikh community as well I have learned how to sing and play the harmonium and perform multiple times throughout the year. My culture is very important to me and I love making people fall in love with it as well!

by karen d., regina, SK

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Supporting culture is one of the ways I can contribute to being Canadian. Our culture is unique and I express myself through the visual arts. Belonging to and volunteering with local art clubs, guilds and galleries enhances my skill and deepens my appreciation of the many talented artists who reflect through their work the beauty, diversity and challenges in society. Cultural endeavours enrich our communities, cause us to think and most often bring colour and beauty into our lives.

by Janice L., Niagara Falls, ON

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I frequently attend events supporting other artists such as musicals, plays, concerts, art shows, etc. I help in any way I can to other artists trying to reach their goals for new projects that they want to see take off. I am part of a creative team that is crowdfunding currently for a new comedic web series that will provide opportunities and experiences for artists. The series will be an outlet of artistic expression for new writers, directors, actors producers, sound engineers, crew, etc. Connection and community is SO important!

by Mark D., Vancouver, BC

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I support culture by recognizing the importance of Canadian history and the necessity to share Aboriginal culture and history with students and community members. Part of the sharing of Aboriginal culture was organizing an event for National Aboriginal Day in Kitchener that brought the community together to share in Aboriginal music and dancing. A local drum group from Kitchener/Waterloo shared their time and talent and led the community in Aboriginal songs and dance. Community members were invited to join in the drumming, singing, and dancing with any instrument they chose to bring and join together as a community to celebrate.

by Cheryl M., Kitchener, ON

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I support Arts and Culture by photographing local bands at their shows. I think it really helps them expand in the media and it gives them more self-confidence to play at bigger venues. It also greatly helps me as a photographer. I make posters for the bands and whenever there is a show planned I try to help them out. I really think music should have a greater place in our community and I am trying to make that happen one photo at a time. I think small town dreams should be given a chance, for it awakens the mind.

by Veronique E., St-Arthur, NB

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I am a freelance artist that takes inspiration from Canadian plants and nature, along with the amazingly diverse culture around me. Going to national parks and enjoying Canadian galleries was important to my parents to show to me as a child. For 4 years straight I have donated an original painting to an art auction that the Calgary Comic Expo puts on, where the proceeds are donated to the make-a-wish foundation. I also have volunteered at a local high school to teach painting for the next generation. I like to support other local artists and create for local businesses.

by Kate D., Calgary, AB

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My 8 year old son and I travel quite regularly to a local model railway museum. We love seeing the engines and spending time perusing the museum. My son loves to learn and travel to many museums in our area. We also attend any art fairs that we have close to home so that he can get a taste of the culture and expression that you can only find within art.

by Angie W., Palmerston, ON

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Growing up we were always attending concerts and cultural events in Edmonton in the seventies. I still recall my father arriving home from a hard day's work as a tinsmith, relaxing on the carpet in the living room, listening to recordings of classical music. My mother would sit by the radio in the kitchen and darn socks while enjoying CBC Radio broadcasts. As a child I began voice and piano training and studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music for several years. I now pass on my love for music to my children and many students that study with me.

by Birgit S., Spruce Grove, AB

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Étant moi-même artisan-ébéniste, je crée mes propres designs à partir de pièces de bois uniques et différentes qui ne sont que rarement des pièces de première qualité. Je tente de mettre en valeur les caractéristiques uniques qui sont trop souvent classées comme défauts par les producteurs de bois. Je suis aussi administrateur bénévole de la Coop des Arts Visuels et Métiers d'Art de l'outaouais qui encourage le rayonnement des arts visuels et des métiers d'arts de la région.

by Mario G., Gatineau, QC

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I am Metis and last year the Mid Island Metis and the beading group were able to showcase our people’s heritage which included food and culture for the people of Nanaimo at the Diana Krall Centre. The beading group sat with us and beaded. I made fry bread and taught people how to finger weave. The biggest draw to this event was our elder Mike, he set up a display which included a teepee and relics from the 180o’s early 1900’s of Metis culture. I can’t wait to attend this event this year. This is how I celebrate culture days.

by Brenda H., Nanaimo , BC

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Winnipeg may be known for mosquitoes and harsh winters but it is THRIVING in arts and culture! Our diversity draws people, the richness in culture makes them stay. I've loved attending summer festivals - Fringe, Jazz, Folklorama, Folk Fest, but this year I escaped into amazing music at the Cello festival! Nuit Blanche - funtastic! Personally, I've taken community art courses (mosaic, glass fusing, photography, paper mache....) and twice participated in a local art show where my work has been sold. Our community supports art AND artists! I support Arts & Culture by breathing it in and exhaling it out.

by Rain A., Wpg, MB

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I often attend vernissages and live art nights put on by unknown artists around Montreal. I love to volunteer my time transporting equipment and setting up installations for photographers/musicians/artists/actors. I also enjoy keeping up with the new expositions in the Montreal museums! I love the fringe theatre and the smaller musical/ artistic venues around Montreal!

by Sara L., Brossard, QC

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