2017 culture summit at the arts resource centre

schedule of events

6pm – culture meet-up (green room)

6:30pm – welcome ceremony led by rick bourque, traditional knowledge keeper

7pm – introductions
remarks from major john henry and deputy mayor/councilor bob champman
-city update on culture counts: arts, culture, and heritage plan by catherine richards
cultural leadership council(clc) update by derek giberson, chair of clc

7:30pm – bringing history to life: the oshawa museum’s scenes from the cemetary
-presentation by oshawa bmuseum and council rick kerr with live performance by actor glenn rabjohn portraying rev. robert thornton

7:40pm – crown lands
-psych blues-rock duo playing 3 of their hit songs

7:50pm – examining/experience/explore history: the challenge of designing an Escape room based on history of camp x
– presentation by durham college about the mad xscape room

8pm – sindanai (rumination)
– a tamil poem translated to dance by neeraja ramani

8:10pm – mobilizing the museum: changes at the canadian automotive museum
-presentation by the canadian automotive museum

8:20pm – beauty by colour
-a dance curated and performed by maxwell heights secondary school

8:30pm – closing ceremony by rick bourque

Spevcial thanks: cultural summit working group (mc derek giberson), carla sinclair, and lisa terech), durham shoestring performers for stage lighting support, and recreation and cultural services department staff.

 

2017 culture update
achievement & highlights (there were many listed, these are a couple notable ones)

  • 6600 attended peony festival
  • 1900 attended concert in the park
  • 4 new community led events in memorial npark
  • cultural leadership council: 2 professional development workshop, 4 culture meet ups

next culture meetup

First Ever Public Art Task Force!

The City of Oshawa has created a “First Ever Public Art Task Force!” aka a “feedback loop” for the arts community to perhaps influence policy for striving artists, creative businesses and “community wealth” projects in Oshawa. I wish this great group the BEST; a lot of imagination and passion in these members; and making culture count in Oshawa is an extraordinary task. Bless Up!
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First Ever Public Art Task Force!

The City of Oshawa is pleased to announce the City’s first Public Art Task Force.

The Public Art Task Force will help support the Public Art Policy and support the City’s Recreation & Culture Services staff on activities including assisting with the development of a city-wide Public Art Strategy, advising on new public art projects and priorities, reviewing public art donations and making recommendations on juried public art competitions.

The Public Art Task Force is comprised of representatives from stakeholder organizations and groups (e.g. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Durham College, Oshawa Art Association, Cultural Leadership Council) and individual community members who were selected following a public call for applications.

The members of the Public Art Task Force members are:
• Linda Jansma – representing The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
• Sean McQuay – representing Durham College
• Mary Gartlan – representing the Oshawa Art Association
• Will McGuirk – representing the Cultural Leadership Council
• Dani Crosby – Individual Member
• Alyssia Nelson – Individual Member

A Culture Song by the Anti-hero

I enjoy living with a lot of big ideas and knowing the struggle, well challenges to see them materialize – for the hardships are just guiding me along the way to see the big picture one day completed.

Everybody relates to the world differently, yet it is in that, our language, identity forms our culture. At what vantage point do we perceive the best that a city can be civil, creative, conscious? The desire is a choice – I hope comes from a cooperative culture, a wisdom of crowds.

I wrote this poem, inspired by a note I wrote about the experiences of a faustian man dreaming a renaissance – while living in a despotic City.

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Untitled

I.

experience this connexion

with a composite of

contrition and confusion

crimey and crap

 

the cloak and dagger

a creature of collective

and corrupted consciousness

courage to dream is gome

 

the callous crowds commune

our culture is compromised, compartmentalized

our arts are commercialized

chivalry is scape goated

 

II.

the faustian ,man in the city

the spirit of the cant

communication: exquisite corpse

credulous creeps

 

clay and gray cornerstones

canary in a cage confessions

a creed is called

the creed is cynicism

 

the cold, cold waters

for the creative community pulse

a story of this city’s claim

of the achievements that never came

 

-ARW

OCT 6 First Friday @RMG

*Author’s note: i haven’t posted much lately, the earthly rat race has had me. i have a few archive blog ideas that i hope to get published soon. It was fun to be at RMG First Fridays. a lot of high energy moments, and wish I had a few more photos capturing these happenings in this post. I look forward to the November RMG First Friday.

RMG Fridays: Hygge
November 03, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The art of being cozy. Imagine big blankets, comfy cushions and the smooth, soothing tunes of Brooklyn Doran & Rory Taillon.

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Friday October 6, 2017 –

Tonight i attended RMG First Fridays, at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG).

As i was making way down the path at Oshawa City Hall to the RMG, i noticed a new garden. a Monarch WayStation. A project by MonarchWatch.org

When i entered the RMG, there was a table that had two raffle boxes: first raffle box was for two tickets to see a rock band at The Moustache Club and second raffle box was for a RMG kid’s package in Gallery A. I filled out one raffle ticket and put it into the raffle box to see a rock band at The Moustache Club  I also notice a large banner hanging on the wall. The RMG First Fridays is branding well I thought.

There was a gluten free snack table serving cookies, brownies, pastries and sandwiches. i bought a lemon tart.

I than walked up the stairs to sit and listen to tonight’s featured music performance by FIURAN.

RMG First Fridays is a nice social gathering to catch up with friends, meet new people, an opportunity to see the newest art exhibit and hear new music.

On the first Friday of the month, join the RMG in celebrating local talent. The gallery buzzes with live musical performances, interactive art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and more. Suitable for music lovers, youth, families, date nights, and culture-vultures.

Free to attend | 7-10pm | Cash Bar | All ages welcome.

Follow the twitter feed at #RMGFridays!

Following RMG Fridays, join us at The Moustache Club for the official after party! Present proof of attending RMG Fridays at the door and get a discount on cover at the Club.

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Are you interested in performing at RMG Fridays? Please contact Carla Sinclair, Manager of Community & Volunteer Development at csinclair@rmg.on.ca