Culture Days info session

Launched in September 2010, Culture Days is a Canada-wide celebration of the arts at the grass-roots level: right in the communities across the country.

The organizers of this even are holding telephone information sessions starting on February 22. Here’s a copy/paste of the email that was sent to PWAC National.

Free Telephone Information Sessions Launch February 22
As you start to plan for Culture Days 2011, you may have some questions about how you can participate in the Culture Days movement – we’re here to help! As we did last year, we will again be hosting a series of on-going and free telephone conferences to answer questions and help you make the best of your Culture Days experience. Whether you’re new to the movement or already participated last year and want to learn more or share your experiences, take advantage of this great opportunity to exchange with others in this growing pan-Canadian movement. The first call of 2011 will address general questions and inquiries and will take place on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 2 pm Eastern Time.

National and regional staff will be on the line to answer your questions and help you get in touch with Culture Days representatives in your area for ongiong support. Please RSVP online to secure your spot and receive the dial-in information; you can also include specific questions or topics that you would like to discuss.

Upcoming Info Session Schedule
The 2011 Info Session Series will address specific topics and/or groups, so watch this space for more info on dates and subjects for upcoming sessions and feel free to let those in your circle who may be interested know too! Mark your calendars now for these upcoming sessions:

February 22 – General information & questions about Culture Days
March 8 – How Municipalities Can Play a Leadership Role in Culture Days
March 22 – Tips on how to use the online registration system for Culture Days 2011 activities

Have a particular topic you’d like to discuss? We’d like to hear about it! Email us at:

Community Spotlight
“Community Spotlight” is a new section of the Culture Days Newsletter where a spotlight is shone on some of the outstanding people, stories, events, communities, activities and organizers that emerged from the inaugural 2010 edition of Culture Days from coast to coast to coast. This section will also feature emerging Culture Days 2011 stories. Are you planning something unique and fun? Did you do something last year you’d like to share? Know anyone who should be spotlighted? Let us know! Email us at

Here are are a few engaging activities that took place last year; perhaps they will inspire some ideas for 2011!

Hit the WALL! 40 words for 40 years (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Organized by: Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is celebrating its 40th Anniversary! Members have been challenged to write, using only 40 words, an occasional poem/prose piece in honour of the SWG and what the Guild means to them. In celebration of Culture Days – we are displaying the “40for40” entries on the walls of the Dance Saskatchewan Building along with photos, costumes and visual art from our cohorts in the building.

Public Art Maquettes Display (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
Organized by: City of Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Visit a display of public art in miniature form! Maquettes of various public artworks in the City’s collection will be on display in the Gallery’s meeting room. Take the opportunity to view the scope of public art in the City and how it has developed since the early 1990’s. You’ll even get a sneak peek of the maquettes and concepts for new artworks that will be installed in the City in the coming months! Top off your visit by using the provided map to take a journey to see the full scale versions of your favourites in their actual locations throughout the City.

Community Radio Open House (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Organized by: CKUW 95.9 FM
Visit CKUW 95.9 FM and see how community radio is made! Watch CKUW radio hosts broadcasting live from just outside our doors. Come into the station, take a tour and sit yourself down in the announcer’s chair in the Master Control Room. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about community radio. This is your opportunity to be a radio star and have your voice on air!

This is just a small sampling of the thousands of activities that took place all across the country during Culture Days 2010. You can browse them all by visiting the Celebration Schedule.

Mark Your Calendar for Culture Days 2011
The second annual Culture Days event will take place September 30 to October 2, 2011 – a mere eight months away!

…And Start Planning!
Start spreading the word and brainstorming Culture Days ideas for your organization or community. Check out the list of activities that happened in your neighborhood in 2010 and talk to those who organized them; creating “cultural” hubs is a great way to collaborate and attract a large number of people to activities within your immediate vicinity. Browse the blog for tips and ideas on how to plan a great activity and get involved in 2011. Check this space for news, tips and updates on the free online registration system for 2011.

Share Your Culture Days Story
Email and upload your Culture Days photos to Flickr. You can also post to the Culture Days blog, add your comments, photos and videos to Facebook or tweet with the #culturedays hashtag and we’ll re-tweet your message.


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