Unexpected Intersections

Temporary mural by Carlos Delgado for the 2016 Culture Days Launch at Union Station, Toronto, ON. Courtesy of Kevin Jones.

In 2020, Culture Days invites event organizers and the public alike to view arts and culture programming and participation through the thematic lens of Unexpected Intersections—encouraging creative and outside-the-box thinking to reveal new avenues of discovery, learning, and expression.

We hope this theme inspires new collaborations to flourish. This may take shape by developing innovative partnerships, or fusing seemingly opposite disciplines to create fresh, and perhaps unconventional, programs and events.

This coming year, we will be sharing research, ideas, and stories examining the theme: how do artists, creatives, cultural organizations, and institutions interact with each other and differing sectors to envision new ways of presenting programming? What impact can this have on the greater public’s perception of arts and culture and its role in society?

Stay tuned to our monthly newsletter for roundups of inspiration, questions, and explorations of the many facets of the theme. For a more frequent dose of Unexpected Intersections, stay connected with our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Review our 2019 theme, Creativity, the Arts, and Well-being, initiatives here.

What I like the most about Culture Days is that it brings groups together that wouldn’t normally be together.

-Organizer from Saskatchewan


Arts and culture have the power to re-shape the way we think, help us challenge our preconceived ideas and teach us to expect the unexpected.

Event Inspiration

Here are some event from the 2019 Culture Days celebrations to get you thinking about how you can approach the theme of Unexpected Intersections.

POETRY IN MOTION


St.Catharines, ON

Poetry in Motion is a participatory piece in which the audience contributes titles or sentences that the ensemble will use to create and present a spontaneous physical “poem”.



FUTURE MUSIC MAKING

New Westminster, BC

Presented by New Media Gallery, flex your music muscles and play a plethora of musical instruments that can be modified using computer code. Create sounds using keyboards, clarinets, a musical suit and more.



THE ART OF CAMPING
@ THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA

Ontario, ON

Missing summer camp already?! We’ve got you covered, join-in on a campfire sing along, create your own forest creature, help owls find their way home, and take an art hike. Join us as we bring summer back to life!


HAITI’S CONNECTION TO ALBERTA

Calgary, AB

Visitors can learn more at the history wall on display with more information about some famous people from Haiti. Visitors will have a chance to see a presentation on “Rouleauville” Calgary’s French connection. Additionally, there will be poster presentations about Caribbean Identity and famous Black Canadians.


LIBRARY OF THINGS WE CAN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER

Toronto, ON

Library of Things We Can Learn from Each Other is an evolving, public collection of community-generated information. The participatory project welcomes into circulation knowledge, skills and insights from people in the community and functions as a site to browse, borrow and lend information on an expanding range of topics from mundane to profound, abstract to instructional.


What I like the most is making connections I would have likely not otherwise made.

-Organizer from British Columbia

Hubs

Hubs can be a great tool to bring people and different perspectives together, they can be catalysts for collaboration and help the public discover something they were not expecting.

More inspiration!

Here are some examples we have found of people accross the world exploring unexpected intersections: