Returning for its second year, the Spotlight Recognition Program provides an opportunity to recognize exemplary Culture Days initiatives. These cross-disciplinary Spotlights serve to recognize those who honour Culture Days’ goal to build a thriving arts network through the celebration of innovative and accessible public programming.
Nominations for the 2019 Spotlight Recognition Program will launch in September, but we invite organizers to be thinking about the categories as they plan their Culture Days programs. Looking for inspiration, here are the 2018 winners.
- Best Hub
- Best Exemplification of the Theme
- Removing Barriers to Access
- Best Participatory Program
- People’s Choice
- Breakout Organizer
Pow Wow DJ, Ottawa,ON 2018 Photo: National Arts Centre
From dynamic cultural centres to local festivals, Culture Days hubs can take many forms. Hubs are consortiums of collaborative cultural programs that are linked geographically or thematically. Think main streets, studio tours, museums or community centres.This Spotlight is for organizers who successfully created a hub in their community. Please note, this category is inclusive of main street celebrations/cultural corridors, festivals and studio tours.
As one of our 10-year anniversary initiatives, Culture Days is examining the arts and culture sector through the lens of creativity, the arts, and well-being. This category celebrates organizers who addressed the theme to create a unique program for the Culture Days weekend.
Spotlight jurors will choose their top five nominations from the category and post descriptions of each on social media.The program that receives the greatest number of votes will be awarded the Spotlight.
There are many barriers that exist which stop people from participating in arts and culture, and unfortunately, such impediments frequently go unacknowledged. This category recognizes those who have created more inclusive and accessible programming. Some examples of initiatives that remove barriers to access include connecting with newcomers, highlighting deaf and disability arts, and providing transportation to support mobility restrictions.
Culture Days is an opportunity for us all to share in the benefits of creativity. Participatory programs encourage audience members’ own creativity and support meaningful relationships between artists, organizers and the general public. Some great examples of participatory programs include community arts projects, creative workshops, and hands-on collaboration. This category recognizes programming that effectively engages participants and creates opportunities for new experiences.
The People’s Choice Spotlight is an open-category accolade that allows the general public to recognize any program and its overall contribution to Culture Days. Spotlight jurors will choose their top five nominations from the People’s Choice category and post descriptions of each on social media. The program that receives the greatest number of votes will be awarded the Spotlight.
Top selections made by a jury, with the winner decided by a public voting component
The Breakout Organizer category recognizes the hard work and creative contributions of a first-time Culture Days activity organizer. This accolade will be awarded to an individual who has fully embraced the spirit of Culture Days to bring exceptional arts and culture programming to their community.