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The Culture 365 Blog is your source for innovative and inspirational stories of cultural engagement and participation from across the country. In the Culture 365 blog, Culture Days extends the conversation all year-round, highlighting best practices and lessons from writers and contributors who represent not-for-profit cultural organizations, individual artists and cultural creators from all walks of life.

Museums as Collaborative Spaces

November 29, 2019 – Samuel Bernier-Cormier

As museums find new ways to engage the public and widen their audiences, their role as keepers of knowledge is being re-examined, transforming them from spaces where singular narratives exist to ones where intersecting perspectives are celebrated.

Innovation on the Margins: Carving Out Space for Arts & Culture in the North

September 12, 2019 – Taylor Basso

Arts and culture thrives in all corners of Canada, from the populated to the remote. Across Canada's Yukon and Northwest Territories, local artists do innovative work, while residencies attract new faces to experience an increasingly alluring part of the...

A Look Back on 10 Years of Culture Days in BC

September 5, 2019 – Kristen Lawson

Culture Days in BC has grown from a handful of organizers to a cultural institution. In celebration of our tenth anniversary we’re looking back at the journey from 2010 to now.

Weaving Reconciliation: Arts & Culture as a Catalyst for Change

August 23, 2019 – Shelley Fayant

“We knew Indian Head was a Métis town but our museum didn’t reflect that. We knew we wanted to collect and share those stories, and that Culture Days would be the ideal opportunity to do so..."

Putting in the Time - investigations in participation

August 22, 2019 – Dave Dyment

Curator Dave Dyment talks about the 2019 Ontario exhibition, DO BLUE BUTTERFLIES EAT PARTS OF THE SKY?

Bridging Generations: The Value of Mentorship - Part 2

August 16, 2019 – Kristen Lawson

Photo: Rust - Dance class for 60+ by Lynda Raino and Dyana Sonik Henderson.

Bridging Generations: The Value of Mentorship - Part 1

August 12, 2019 – Kristen Lawson

Part 1 of 2. [Part 2](https://culturedays.ca/blog/bridging-generations-through-mentorship-2) will be published August 16, 2019. Ten emerging artists were chosen to act as ambassadors for BC Culture Days this year. Ambassadors are tasked with producing a...

Elbow's Small Town Charm Big Part of Culture Days

August 8, 2019 – Busayo Osobade

How Elbow, Saskatchewan, is promoting community unity through Culture Days.

Sparking Creativity Across BC - Part 2

July 18, 2019 – Kristen Lawson

Creativity is vital for the health and wellness of a community. Art can bring people together, provoke discussion and make change. BC Culture Days chose ten local emerging artists to act as spokespeople...

A Step to the Side: Culture Days @ the Library Offers Resilience, Beauty, and Joy

July 17, 2019 – Taylor Basso

Across Canada, libraries hold a unique and revered position. By offering free resources, knowledgeable and welcoming staff, and a physical space to come together, they serve as hubs to reinforce the strong link between community and well-being.

Connecting to Colour

July 17, 2019 – Aubrey Reeves

"Colors are forces, radiant energies that affect us positively or negatively, whether we are aware of it or not…The effects of colors should be experienced and understood, not only visually, but also psychologically and symbolically." - Johannes Itten

Sparking Creativity Across BC - Part 1

July 11, 2019 – Kristen Lawson

Creativity is vital for the health and wellness of a community. Art can bring people together, provoke discussion and make change.

Music to Soothe

July 10, 2019 – Aubrey Reeves

"This winter, during my treatment for cervical cancer, I was put into several situations where not only was I able to really concentrate on music and appreciate it fully, but by doing so, it helped to relieve the anxiety and pain I was experiencing."

Knit One, Purl One, Relax Some

July 3, 2019 – Aubrey Reeves

Studies show that knitting, crocheting, weaving, quilting and other textile crafts are excellent for body and mind—such activities can even bring a sense of calm to the chemotherapy unit.

Reframing Aging Through the Arts

May 22, 2019 – Leah Sandals

Arts activities can increase social connectivity and a sense of well-being—as well as help move the needle on unhealthy, ageist norms.

Being an Artist Means Health Risks—And Better Care Is Needed

April 11, 2019 – Leah Sandals

From repetitive motion injuries to PTSD, artists are subject to different health risks than the general public. Here’s what needs to be done about it.

Living Solo / Being Social—Social Aspects of Arts Participation

April 8, 2019 – Frédéric Julien

More and more Canadians are living alone. In 2016, for the first time, one-person households became the most common type of household in Canada, surpassing couples with children. Should this be seen as a concern or as an opportunity for performing arts or...

Building Mental Health Through Art

March 19, 2019 – Leah Sandals

Working with art can help us find community, express emotions, and develop resilience.

When Art is the Best Medicine

February 5, 2019 – Leah Sandals

With artists sketching at hospital bedsides and doctors writing prescriptions for museum visits, links are growing between arts and medicine sectors in Canada.

An Artist's Survival Guide

September 17, 2018 – Mandy Rushton

You must invest in your art, your child within, for what moves you ultimately moves others. This life is a “choose your own adventure,”so if you are not invested in your own journey, then you can become derailed rather quickly.

Showing Up

August 27, 2018 – Elana Bizovie

Bums in seats. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard this phrase. In theatre, this refers to the number of people in the audience of a performance. We strive for it, worry about it, obsess over it. We want to sell tickets!

Surprising Similarities - A Discussion Between Get Creative and Culture Days

August 24, 2018 – Meaghan Froh Metcalf

We like to think that Culture Days is a unique model for arts and culture engagement, but a remarkably similar campaign exists in the United Kingdom called Get Creative.

Reasons Why Public Space is Important

September 10, 2015 – Lisa Yang

"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” - Jane Jacobs

Avoiding Art History?

December 3, 2014 – Paul Byron

A lot of artists and art students I’ve encountered over the course of time have had fairly strong feelings against learning art history.

What We’re Really Talking About When We Debate the Value of the Arts: A reflection on the #CultureShock Debate

December 1, 2014 – Shannon Litzenberger

Shannon Litzenberger shares her take-aways from the Culture Shock debate entitled "Hard Facts VS. Proverbial Truths: The Impact of Arts & Culture on Canadian Citizens & Communities"

What's the Matter with Numbers?

November 24, 2014 – Inga Petri

Inga Petri shares her take-aways from the Culture Shock debate entitled "Hard Facts VS. Proverbial Truths: The Impact of Arts & Culture on Canadian Citizens & Communities"

Pursuing an Uncertain Career

November 5, 2014 – Paul Byron

One of the greatest issues with being a creative professional is that one’s ability to innovate is always being tested, both creatively, in the art work one makes, and in the professional directions one chooses.

The Beauty of the Beast… and the Power of Performance: An interview with violinist Andréa Tyniec

September 11, 2014 – Lana Crossman

Toronto-based violinist Andréa Tyniec has thrilled audiences across Canada with her incredible talent and her 1900 Stefano Scarampella violin on loan from the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank.

Holiday Affairs: Programming for Corporate Audiences

December 12, 2013 – Shannon Litzenberger

Acting Up Stage offers a ‘signature event’ during the holiday season called UnCovered that is quite different from the others.

What We Know (and Don't Know) About Canadian Arts Audiences

December 9, 2013 – Shannon Litzenberger

It seems like an understatement to say that the ways in which people are engaging in the arts is changing.

Mobilizing the Community: Local Artists in Partnership with the Toronto Public Library

November 1, 2013 – Johanne Tremblay

The role of public libraries is evolving in today’s North American societies. Libraries are moving towards becoming places where people congregate, learn and live collectively, thereby becoming spaces of cultural and civic engagement.

Audience as Artist: Transforming Arts Experiences for a Contemporary Public

October 26, 2013 – Shannon Litzenberger

Audience attendance figures are prompting a great deal of discussion and study in the arts and culture sector in North America recently as their numbers are dropping steadily - especially amongst younger generations.

Youth, Arts, Culture: A Win-Win

August 14, 2013 – Penelope Kerr

Where do arts and culture figure on the Canadian public's priorities list? Pretty high, if a recent survey on 'Arts and Heritage in Canada: Access and Availability 2012' is anything to go by.

Strength in Numbers: the Creative Value of Artist-Run Centres

August 13, 2013 – Cat LeBlanc

With the advancement of affordable technology, which has allowed filmmakers to have home editing systems and their own cameras and other gear, many feel that artist-run centres have outlived their usefulness in many ways.

Canoo: Opening Doors to Canadian Culture for New Citizens

May 29, 2013 – Jess Duerden

Feeling connected and a sense of belonging is paramount for Canada’s newest citizens; after all, it takes courage to start fresh in a new country.

How to Increase Your Audience Size by 300% Overnight

July 21, 2011 – Helen Yung

In this part of a chapter originally published in "Pluralism in the Arts in Canada," Helen Yung navigates the theory and the practice inherent in enabling Canadians to take culture, sometimes literally, into their own hands