Getting Ready for …

 Work In Culture and The Toronto Public Library presents:

Enriching Your Work in Culture

WorkInCulture leads a four-week series that demystifies the language of business for creative professionals from any discipline. This course is designed and delivered in collaboration with cultural insiders who will share tips and exercises to help you create a thriving, life-long career.

Topics include: envisioning the future of your creative business; overcoming financial hurdles like pricing and negotiating; making social media work for you; how to be resilient to survive and thrive in the long-term. Space is limited so reserve your spot– Call 416-393-7686 for more information.

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on recurring dates listed below

90 mins

Parkdale Auditorium

Series:

Upcoming Dates:

Wed Oct 03
Wed Oct 10
Wed Oct 17
Wed Oct 24

Take Part in Culture Days at the Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Public Library (TPL), the Neighbourhood Arts Network (NAN) and Culture Days are pleased to continue Culture Days @ The Library for a second year. This exciting partnership was created to help artists and arts groups share their creative work with the public. Now in its third year, Culture Days is a pan-Canadian celebration of arts and culture. For more information, visit www.culturedays.ca.

Kir Stefan the Serb Choir; Photo by Christian Badanjak

CALL FOR ARTISTS: CULTURE DAYS @ THE LIBRARY

The Toronto Public Library is offering free venues to Toronto-based artists and cultural groups wishing to be part of Culture Days on September 28-29, 2012. This partnership enables artists to take their practice out of their private studios into the accessible spaces of library branches so that the public can discover and engage with their work. Past participants describe Culture Days @ the Library as a great opportunity to connect with new audiences and to build strong community relationships. From Etobicoke to Scarborough, North York and downtown, some 40 TPL branches spanning the city will provide venues at no cost.

Toronto-based individual artists, small and medium-sized professional arts as well as volunteer-run cultural organizations, collectives or groups that wish to organize their events at a TPL branch are invited to submit to the simple application by April 30, 2012. Activities in all artistic disciplines are encouraged as well as those that appeal to families and to audiences of diverse ages. To be considered for a space, the arts activity must be free and interactive.

TPL staff will make their selections from among the applications and contact activity organizers for further information. Decisions will be based on the suitability of the activity for the branch’s venue space and the interactive nature of the activity. This program cannot provide any financial assistance for supplies or equipment; however, participants do receive administrative, marketing and promotional support for their activity via the joint efforts of Culture Days, TPL and NAN.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

A simple application form is now on-line. Applications will be accepted from now until April 30, 2012.

Applicants will be matched with the appropriate library branches based on the suitability and interactive nature of the activity. Those applicants who meet the criteria will be contacted by Toronto Public Library Branch Heads in the latter part of May to discuss in detail their activity and may be required to submit further information related to space requirements, equipment, etc.

NOTIFICATION AND CONFIRMATION

Branches will send out confirmation notifications by May 30, 2011.

 The following branches have committed to hosting Culture Days activities. The majority of activities will be scheduled on Saturday, September 29, with a limited number scheduled on Friday, September 28. For location and other details about each branch, go to http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/hours-locations/index.jsp

PARTICIPATING BRANCHES

Agincourt Evelyn Gregory Mount Pleasant
Albert Campbell Gerrard/Ashdale North York Central Childrens’ Dept
Amesbury Park Guildwood Northern District
Annette Street High Park Pape/Danforth
Beaches Humberwood Parliament Street
Bendale Jane/Sheppard Queen/Saulter
Brentwood Kennedy/Eglinton Riverdale
Bridlewood Leaside S. Walter Stewart
Centennial Lillian H. Smith Sanderson
College/Shaw Main Street Spadina Road
Don Mills Malvern Taylor Memorial
Downsview Maryvale Weston
Dufferin/St. Clair McGregor Park York Woods
Eglinton Square Morningside

ABOUT CULTURE DAYS

Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Launched in 2010, the annual Culture Days event takes place in more than 800 Canadian cities and towns during the last weekend of September, generating an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm in the process. This year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 28, 29 and 30, 2012. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community. To learn more, please visit www.culturedays.ca

Culture Days in Ontario is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Ontario in recognition of Celebrate the Artist Weekend. 

ABOUT TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY

Toronto Public Library is the world’s busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 18 million people visit our 98 branches and borrow more than 32 million items. As cornerstones of their neighbourhoods, our libraries connect people to each other and to their community, inspiring the spirit of exploration, the joy of reading and the pursuit of knowledge for people of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more, please visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

ABOUT NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS NETWORK

Neighbourhood Arts Network is the place where arts and community engagement meet. NAN helps artists and community organizations do what they do best: enrich Toronto and transform it into a more vibrant, beautiful, and liveable city. We catalyze new relationships and conversations, collect research and share information. We envision a Toronto where all residents are empowered to discover and shape the cultural life of their communities. Neighbourhood Arts Network is a project of the Toronto Arts Foundation. To learn more, please visit www.neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org

Culture Days contact:

Aubrey Reeves,  Culture Days Ontario Manager

(416) 646-7469 aubreyreeves@culturedays.ca

Toronto Public Library contact:

Anne Marie Aikins – Manager, Community Relations

Toronto Public Library Communications, Programming and Customer Engagement

(416) 393-7212    aaikins@torontopubliclibrary.ca

For more information about Culture Days, please visit www.on.culturedays.ca

Culture Days @ The Library 2011: Parkdale Branch

This year’s Culture Days @ The Library engaged over 2,000 people across Toronto!

Shadowland Theatre workshop with Parkdale youth

Shadowland Theatre at Parkdale Library Branch; Image courtesy of Yvonne Bambrick

Check out the Culture Days Ontario Flickr Set to see more Culture Days 2011 photos.

Culture Days Is Coming Up!

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Culture Days is coming up this weekend! Activities are happening from coast to coast and at locations all across Toronto. Check out our Culture Days Guide for some highlights of activities being hosted by library branches throughout the city, and visit the Culture Days website to see the full listings!

Culture Days @ The Library is proudly presented by the Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto Public Library and Culture Days.

Images courtesy of Ismailova Theatre of Dance, Little Pear Garden Collective, and Red Slam Collective

Culture Days @ The Library: A Musical Tour

http://junctqin.com/
Check out http://junctqin.com/ to learn more

On September 30 and October 1, some 45 Toronto Public Library branches are hosting 85 free, participatory Culture Days activities. Over the next two weeks, TPL staff at branches across the city will feature some of these, offering suggestions and thematically curated tours.

Magical Musical Tour

Over TPL’s two-day Culture Days extravaganza, you will find an astonishing number of musical activities. The beauty of it all is that you get to try your own hand. Today we feature two musical events on Friday at North York Central Library. It’s easy to get to on the TTC and a perfect way to wind out of your work week.

Violin Playing and Improvisation 5-6 pm (drop-in)Have you ever wanted to take a stab at the violin? Do you wonder how musicians improvise? At 5 pm, Room 1, Mo Jamal has a marvellous event in which he gives some basics in entry level violin, and will give more advanced musicians an introduction to improvising in free jazz and world and middle Eastern (Persian) music. There will also be some jamming. Check out his website, where you can see some of his remarkable paintings and read more about his work and ideas.
You will have time for a quick snack before moving to the auditorium for the 7 pm sharp start of junctQín’s “Sounds of Adventure!” featuring performances of new works for piano and unusual instruments such as toy pianos and cymbal monkey. You will also be able to meet the local composers of these pieces.junctQín’s special array of instruments has repeatedly proven irresistible to concert-goers, who often cannot help themselves from trying their own hands on a toy piano, or curiously perusing the musical scores for the notation that resulted in the sounds and effects they have just heard.And who is junctQín? This is a group of self-described “keyboard geeks,” professional pianists, performers and teachers. Check out their website for more junctQín concerts, soundbooth and more.

On Saturday, catch Kyle MacDonald’s Jazz Workshop at McGregor Park (1-4 pm). Leave enough time to swing over to Mimico and catch the Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto (3-4:30 pm) as they let you in on the tricks and strategies of musical improv.

For all Culture Days @ the Library events, visit Culture Days @ the Library. For all Culture Days activities, visit the Culture Days website.

Reposted from the Toronto Public Library’s What’s On at the Library

Culture Days @ the Library – 85 Free Activities at 48 Branches!

Toronto Public Library, the Neighbourhood Arts Network and Culture Days are pleased to announce a major partnership called “Culture Days @ the Library” that welcomes more than 85 Toronto-based artists and cultural groups into 48 library branches throughout the city. On Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 the public is invited to take part in free, hands-on and behind-the-scenes activities where artists will share their creative process, inspirations and techniques.

“The great variety of cultural activities at Library branches – from  Bollywood dance to Serbian choral music, to poetry, storytelling, painting, bookbinding and stone carving – is testimony to the artistic talents in our city,” said Toronto Public Library’s Senior Services Specialist Miriam Scribner.

Culture Days @ the Library matches Toronto-based artists and groups with library branches as a grassroots way of connecting artists to the public in their own neighbourhood.  The partnership allows artists to bring their work out of the studio and engage directly with the public.  Most activities are family-friendly, and all are free and interactive.

“Toronto Public Library is one of the best library systems in the world, but what makes it special to us is its accessibility. We jumped at the chance to present our traditional Tibetan dresses and music at such a community hub,” said Gelek Badheytsang, co-director of Tibetan arts group Drebu, which is participating in Culture Days for the second time.  “We enjoy being part of a movement that celebrates local arts across the whole country.” Drebu presents their activity Tibetan Chuba at Parkdale Library.

Search by keywords “Toronto Public Library” in the advance search to find Culture Days @ the Library activities. Or visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/culturedays for a complete list of activities at Toronto Public Library branches.

 

About Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library is the world’s busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 18 million people visit branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow more than 32 million items. As cornerstones of their neighbourhoods, our libraries connect people to each other and to their community, inspiring the spirit of exploration, the joy of reading and the pursuit of knowledge for people of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more, please visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

About Neighbourhood Arts Network

Neighbourhood Arts Network is the place where arts and community engagement meet. NAN helps artists and community organizations do what they do best: enrich Toronto and transform it into a more vibrant, beautiful, and liveable city. We catalyze new relationships and conversations, collect research and share information. We envision a Toronto where all residents are empowered to discover and shape the cultural life of their communities. Neighbourhood Arts Network is a project of the Toronto Arts Foundation. To learn more, please visit www.neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org

 

To learn more about Culture Days, please visit http://culturedays.ca