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Five tips to get you started

Tags: Tipsheet, Activity organizers, Activity Ideas

Thinking of participating in Culture Days but not sure where to begin? Start here!

1. Register the outreach activities you are already doing

You don’t need to develop a completely new event to join Culture Days. Existing outreach or arts education programs can be included in Culture Days.

Example: Your gallery hosts five artist talks a year. Simply schedule one of those talks during Culture Days.

2. Cross-promote and/or enhance your ticketed events

Add a free Culture Days activity before, after or adjacent to your ticketed events taking place during the Culture Days weekend. Activities like artist talks, open rehearsals, backstage tours or demonstrations can generate word-of-mouth, enrich the audiences’ understanding of the work they are about to see and draw new people to your main attractions.

Examples: Hold an “instrument petting zoo” for kids before a concert. Orchestra players explain how to handle and make sounds on the various instruments in the symphony.

3. Remember your creative process can be as interesting as the final product

Witnessing the creative process in action can cultivate the public’s understanding and appreciation of your artistic labour as well as develop a deeper enjoyment of the finished work. There are also many aspiring artists out there that would love to learn about your practice and/or see it in action.

Example: Open your dance rehearsal to the public and encourage questions and dialogue between the audience, performers and choreographer.

4. Invite the public to join in

Encourage the public to give your art form a try with hands-on activities. The public will develop an appreciation of the technical challenges of art-making and may discover their own creative impulses.

Example: Invite people to get their hands dirty throwing clay on a wheel at your pottery studio.

5. Make new connections! Collaborate with other artists and arts workers

Collaborate with artists, arts and cultural organizations, municipal cultural staff and community facilities in your local area to plan and schedule activities. Pool your resources, venues, talent and time to collectively build the Culture Days movement in your community and attract larger crowds to your activities.

Originally submitted to the Culture Days blog by Aubrey Reeves, Culture Days Ontario Manager, June 21, 2010.