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Sneak peek of some paper clip art at the National Congress

Sneak peek of some paper clip art at the National Congress

by Helen Yung

In the foyer of the Culture Days National Congress, you will encounter a small interactive exhibition of art made by local artists and members of the public using paper clips. You are invited to participate. Join the diverse artists and amateurs flexing their creativity as they twist and arrange paper clips into works of art for the…

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Ellis Jacob on Turning Canadian Arts & Culture into a Success, Frame by Frame, Community by Community

Ellis Jacob on Turning Canadian Arts & Culture into a Success, Frame by Frame, Community by Community

by Helen Yung

The Toronto Star recently published a nice profile of Cineplex’s Ellis Jacob. It’s a good read, especially if you’re wondering whether you can really spare a whole day for the Congress.* While I’ve never heard Mr. Jacob speak before, from what I’ve gleaned, Mr. Jacob’s morning keynote speech should be pretty inspirational. Something in the vein…

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The Countdown Begins: T-Minus 10 Days

The Countdown Begins: T-Minus 10 Days

by Helen Yung

Monday, May 13. Whew! It’s been a heck of a day. We are officially 10 days away from the first-ever, Culture Days National Congress. Someone just emailed me this morning after seeing the Congress line-up: “Amazing speakers!”  Yes, amazing indeed. And where else but at Culture Days event would you have individual artists and grassroots…

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Apply your creativity to win a grant

by Helen Yung

From March 1 to March 28, 2011, Community TechKnowledge is giving away 23 prizes (including $10,000 cash for 1st place) to non-profits of any size. The application process? All you have to do is submit an original 4- to 8-line poem that reflects your mission and work.

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More inspiration

by Helen Yung

Canada shows no signs of slowing down… Registrations are happening so fast we can barely keep up! By the time the 3500 milestone was announced in a recent press release and newsletter, we were already climbing quickly toward 4000 activities country-wide. One notable new community organizer is Bear River. Self-described as a “tidal village of…

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Inspiration

by Helen Yung

After officially launching the movement 4 months ago, we’re now only a few weeks from the first edition of Culture Days. Here in Central Canada we’ve also got the dog days of summer going on. Boy is it smuggy around here. My cat says she doesn’t want to go outside unless we shave her. (So…

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communities + trees = Communitrees Project in Huron County

by Helen Yung

Huron County is inviting everyone to come out to create Communitrees. A Communitree (i.e. community tree) is a “public work of art that uses a living tree as the blank canvas.” Intrigued? Learn more by reading this article posted on the huroncounty.ca website.Watch for locations of these Communitrees to be posted on the Culture Days…

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Gavin Stride speaks at Art Matters. “You know what the difference is between sport and art? Sport is less competitive.”

by Helen Yung

“I would contest,” says Gavin Stride, director of UK’s Farnham Maltings, “that for our communities and the arts to survive we need to disenthrall our view of what the arts are and are not. […] We need to reject ideas that are too often posed as opposites. Excellence and popular, accessible or experimental, maker or audience, high or low art, amateur or professional. We also have to get away from the drug dealer attitude of getting people in on the soft stuff before we get them on to real art.”

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