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Does Talent Exist? Practice, practice, practice - the 10,000 hour rule

By Samah Qaderi

I think everyone is born with a chance to be great. Talent - the special natural ability or aptitude to be good at something - is not reserved for the few and far between.

To quote former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor, “There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent doesn’t exist, we’re all equal, as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top and that is that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.”

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Sparking Youth Community Engagement through the Arts - Experiential Learning with MADE: UrbanArts

By Fan-Ling Suen

Clamouring sounds, bubbling chatter, and bursts of laughter echo in the hallways and stairways inside 10C Shared Space; these are welcome sounds in a community shared work space – home of Guelph Arts Council. As GAC staff we curiously poke our heads out to see what the hubbub is all about. We are greeted with many smiles from students enrolled in the MADE: UrbanArts program – an interdisciplinary experiential arts program for youth that fosters community engagement through the Arts.

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Dance and theatre are integral components to experiential learning. Photo credit, MADE: UrbanArts.


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Be a Tourist in Your Own City- Q & A with Kesia Kvill, PhD candidate in Canadian and food history

By Fan-Ling Suen

The city of Guelph is a cultural landscape - steeped in rich history, old stories, and architectural heritage. Many of us may not know the origins or layered histories behind our community, but learning the stories that shape our city can inform our present relationship to our communities, offer new perspectives within our neighbourhoods, and create a stronger connection to the spaces and places we call home as Guelphites. Even though cultural history is a collection of narratives, it’s also personal. So we interviewed Kesia Kvill, Guelph Arts Council’s Historical Walking Tour Guide, a local Guelphite, and PhD candidate in Canadian history to give us her scoop on Guelph’s history. 

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Kesia Kvill, Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tour Guide and PhD candidate in Canadian and food history

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