To support cultural sector growth in Guelph, the City invests in capacity building opportunities and special programs. These projects are short-term in nature and help to increase the visibility and viability of Guelph’s arts & culture community.
Guelph is proud to participate in, Culture Days, Canada’s annual, national celebration of culture. This year’s event takes place on September 27-29, 2013. Guelph residents and visitors can enjoy a wide variety of hands-on activities, performance and exhibitions throughout the city, led by different community cultural groups and local artists. For event details, please visit culturedays.ca.
St. George’s Square Yarn-Bombing
As part of Culture Days 2012, the City invited the public to participate in a “yarn bombing” event in an effort to transform St. George’s Square in downtown Guelph into an extraordinary work of public art. Dozens of knitters from Guelph and beyond contributed hundreds of colourful knitted squares that were then stitched together and attached to trees and fences around the square.
Pop-Up Gallery Project
As part of the St. George’s Square transition, the former bus shelters were transformed into pop-up galleries in partnership with University of Guelph. Sixteen colourful panels brightened and enlivened the empty shelters over the summer months.
The City of Guelph was one of only five communities selected to participate in the 2011/12 artsVest Ontario – an initiative that sparked nearly $100,000 in new business sponsorships for cultural organizations in Guelph.
The City invited Artscape to bring its Creative Spacemaking workshop and Mentoring and Coaching program to Guelph’s arts and culture sector. Over 80 individuals and organizations took advantage of these opportunities to learn more about developing sustainable and affordable creative spaces.