Call for Submissions: Take Part in Culture Days at the Toronto Public Library, Culture Days

Get the Scoop at our Creative Networking event on April 9!

Toronto Public Library, the Neighbourhood Arts Network and Ontario Culture Days are pleased to continue Culture Days @ The Library for a fourth year. This exciting partnership was created to help artists and arts groups share their creative work with the public. In the first three years of the program more than 5,000 Torontonians have enjoyed the work of over 120 artists and cultural groups in library branches across the city. Now in its fifth year, Culture Days is a pan-Canadian celebration of arts and culture. For more information, visit www.on.culturedays.ca.

Artists wishing to apply are encouraged to attend The SCOOP – Creative Networking: Connecting Artists with Space & Funds on April 9, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. at Lillian H. Smith Branch (239 College St., east of Spadina). This art-filled evening of creative networking will connect artists and arts and cultural programmers. Attendees will get the inside scoop on how to find free space for Culture Days activities through Culture Days @ the Library and connect to programming opportunities through the Toronto Public Library. In addition artists will learn more about the Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seeds Fund for community engaged artists and funding opportunities through the Toronto Arts Council. For more information and to register for The SCOOP please see www.thescoop-creativenetworking.eventbrite.ca

Toronto Public Library is offering free venues to Toronto-based artists and cultural groups wishing to be part of Culture Days on September 26-28, 2014. 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 Toronto, some 50 TPL branches spanning the city will provide venues at no cost.

Toronto-based individual artists, small and medium-sized professional arts groups as well as volunteer-run cultural organizations, collectives or groups that wish to organize their events at a Toronto Public Library branch are invited to submit an application by April 23, 2014. Activities in all artistic disciplines are encouraged as well as those that appeal to families and audiences of diverse ages. To be considered for a space, the arts activity must be free and interactive.

Toronto Public Library staff will review the applications, make their selections and contact activity organizers directly for any additional information they may require and to make arrangements. Library branches are providing free space but cannot provide any financial assistance, including funds for supplies or equipment. Participants do receive administrative, marketing and promotional support for their activity via the joint efforts of Culture Days, Toronto Public Library and Neighbourhood Arts Network.

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The following branches have committed to hosting Culture Days activities. The majority of activities will be scheduled on Saturday, September 27, with a limited number scheduled on Friday, September 26. For location and details about each branch, go to http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/hours-locations/index.jsp

Participating Branches

Albert Campbell Eatonville Morningside
Albion Eglinton Square Mount Dennis
Amesbury Park Flemingdon Park North York Central Library
Annette Street Goldhawk Park Oakwood Village
Barbara Frum Guildwood Palmerston
Bayview High Park Pape/Danforth
Beaches Highland Creek Parkdale
Bendale Hillcrest Parliament Street
Brentwood Humber Summit Queen/Saulter
Centennial Humberwood St. Clair Sliverthorn
City Hall Jane/Dundas St. Lawrence
College/Shaw Jones Thorncliffe
Danforth/Coxwell Leaside Toronto Reference Library
Davenport Main Victoria Village
Don Mills Malvern Woodside
Downsview Maria Shchuka York Woods
Dufferin/St. Clair McGregor Park  

How to Participate
A simple application form is now on-line. Applications will be accepted from now until April 23, 2014.

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 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 a confirmation email by May 30, 2014.

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 850 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 26, 27 and 28, 2014. 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.on.culturedays.ca

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

About Toronto Public Library
Toronto Public Library is one of the world’s busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what’s happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.

About Neighbourhood Arts Network
Neighbourhood Arts Network is the place where arts and community engagement meet. Neighbourhood Arts Network 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 signature initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation. To learn more, please visit www.neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org

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

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