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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

  • Regional artist Mariya Blyznyuk
  • Regional Photographer Alina Hromko

Against All Odds: Artistic Practice in the Face of Uncertainty and Change


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MacLaren Art Centre

37 Mulcaster St

Barrie, ON



Offered in English and Ukrainian.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Presenters: Mariya Blyznyuk and Alina Hromko with translated excerpts from an original journal written by Olga Levkivska

The MacLaren Art Centre has partnered with the Orillia District Arts Council to host an engaging talk by professional artists from the region and abroad. With ties to Ukraine, these artists have continued to maintain an artistic practice as a vital way to express identity, culture, and a sense of belonging in the face of transition, uncertainty, and change. Through the creative endeavours and life experiences they will share, notions of home as a metaphor--a feeling of stability, or a lack thereof--will be explored. A 15-minute Q&A session will follow. All are welcome.



MacLaren Art Centre & Orillia District Arts Council

The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving the residents of Barrie, Simcoe County and surrounding area. Our mission is to engage and enrich the immediate and larger community by providing innovative and relevant contemporary visual arts programming. We believe in the transformative power of the arts and their capacity to enrich understanding, empathy and creativity. As an art museum, the MacLaren is engaged with the collection, conservation, presentation, documentation, promotion and appreciation of contemporary Canadian visual art for the benefit, enrichment and enjoyment of public audiences. The Gallery has a Permanent Collection of artworks held in trust for the public and presents a year-round program of innovative exhibitions, unique experiential art education activities and special events. Education provides the unifying link that activates our collections and exhibitions, and fosters an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.

The Orillia & District Arts Council (ODAC) serves the arts community by bringing people and resources together to enrich the cultural, economic, and intellectual life of our community.

Our VISION is a strong united creative community working together to enhance culture in our area.

Our MISSION is to empower, advocate for, and celebrate all art forms in our community and region.

Our VALUES are inclusiveness, life-long learning, respect for art and artists, diversity, community and freedom of expression.

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MacLaren Art Centre Barrie, ON

Join us for Culture Days! The MacLaren is excited to host a variety of free programs and events for all ages, at the Gallery and in the region! From art workshops to engaging talks, poetry, digital animation, outdoor crafts and more- all ar...