Bringing Art into the Everyday

Presented by Musagetes Foundation, Eramosa Institute and the University of Guelph; and supported by community partners like the Guelph Arts Council, the ArtsEverywhere Festival hosts Canadian and international artists, performers, and authors, offering literary readings, lectures, music, conversations, circle gatherings, workshops, and exhibitions. This event taking place January 22-26, 2020 is our 17th Guelph Lecture: On Being and the 4th year of the ArtsEverywhere Festival.

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Our committed staff, volunteers and partner teams have organized a festival that strive to model inclusion, and to centre the experience of the many who face barriers to access, in its various forms. We invite you to warm up your January with free events spanning five days, including two special ticketed events taking place at the River Run Centre.

The Guelph Lecture: On Being will feature Internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor Eric Fischl interviewed by Robert Enright; literary guest Taqralik Partridge, from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, Quebec, who is launching her debut poetry collection through Publication Studio Guelph; and Montreal composer and pianist Marianne Trudel alongside the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, The Gryphon Singers, and the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble, co-presented by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at the University of Guelph.

we had endless land/bottomless wells/clear sweet air to fill/a million million
breaths/and never/never would it run out.

—excerpt from Taqralik Partridge’s poem “untitled”, from her new book
which will launch at the ArtsEverywhere Festival 2020. Partridge is the
literary guest at this year’s Guelph Lecture—On Being.

This year’s Big Ideas in Art & Culture lecture on Thursday, January 23rd, will feature Syrian cultural activist and artist Khaled Barakeh, taking place at 10C across from City Hall. Musical performances throughout the festival will include Guelph’s own Cots (Steph Yates), and Afro-Peruvian influenced Patricia Cano among a number of not-to-miss shows.

Art exhibitions will also be featured at the Art Gallery of Guelph and Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art beginning on Wednesday, and free workshops on braiding Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of knowing and being, will take place at Silence Sounds on Thursday and Friday (including Guelph artist Lisa Hirmer and this year’s Eastern Comma artist, Bonnie Devine). The theme of braiding will continue
with a day of conversation at the River Run Centre on Saturday, entitled “Gesturing Towards Zero.” Sunday’s conversations will focus on access, technology, art, and aging with guests Stephen Surlin, Taeyoon Choi, and Jason DaSilva.

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Marva Wisdom, new Director, Program Co-Curator and access co-lead for the ArtsEverywhere Festival

ArtsEverywhere 2020 will offer the first iteration of an Access Guide, which includes a profile of the festival venues, a glossary of terms often used at the festival, and pointers on how these contribute to the conversations. This will be an open source, legacy tool that we offer to the Guelph community to be updated each year of the festival, incorporating improvements and changes into future editions. We invite you to share news of the festival broadly, attend one or more events and or volunteer to help as we connect to the ongoing work of many organizations and individuals who aim to make the world a better place for all to live, love, and thrive.

Tickets are now on sale for the ArtsEverywhere Festival. All events are free except for the Guelph Lecture—On Being ($25/$20), and a special concert with Patricia Cano ($10). Tickets can be purchased through the River Run Centre box office. Program information can be found on our website at: http://festival.artseverywhere.ca/ Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if cost is a barrier.

Marva Wisdom is the new director, program co-curator and access co-lead for the ArtsEverywhere Festival. She can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. andtelephone number Phone: 519-835-4004

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