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Invest in the Arts!

by Cynthia Kinnunen

Imagine Guelph forty years ago. It's a city without the River Run Centre, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph Youth Music Centre, Guelph Dance and many other arts organizations, festivals and events. Yet over the years Guelph has been transformed, through the arts, to become one of Canada's great creative cities. At the heart of that transformation has been Guelph Arts Council, steadily supporting and promoting the cultural life of the city with the help of partners, members and donors like you.

Forty years ago, as one of Canada's first community arts councils, Guelph Arts Council began to change the face of this city. Today, through our programs and services, we continue to enrich the lives of Guelph residents through the arts. Join me in supporting Guelph Arts Council - donate now to help lead the growth of Guelph’s creative community into the future.

In recent years we have built on our historic achievements by focusing on a strategic vision that includes communications, connecting, arts programming, and celebration of the arts. Through our new website, guelpharts.ca, Arts Blast e-newsletters, and social media channels, we promote the richness of Guelph's cultural life. Through programs like Art on the Street, Doors Open Guelph and HATCH [pop-up art-space], we create opportunities for artists to develop their careers and for Guelph’s citizens to enrich their lives through culture. As we always have, we connect arts workers and volunteers with awards, professional development, consulting services, and other resources.

Donate today to help us continue to build a community enriched by art. We are truly grateful for the support we receive from our government partners, but that support represents less than 50% of the funds required to deliver our ongoing programs and services. The support of our members and donors is critical. Your investment of $25, $100, $250 or whatever you can afford plays a vital role in making Guelph a great creative city.

Please donate now at guelpharts.ca, phone us at 519-836-3280, or deliver or mail your donation to Guelph Arts Council at the address below.

Artfully yours,

Cynthia Kinnunen
Guelph Arts Council

P.S. Consider becoming a monthly donor, like me! It’s an easy way to make a really big difference. Spread your gift out over the year and help Guelph Arts Council plan more effectively. Contact Katie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280 to sign up, or choose ‘recurring’ when you donate online!

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Guelph, ON N1H 4E9

HATCH [pop-up art-space] Round One Artists Selected


HATCH [pop-up art-space] Round One Artists Selected

Guelph, ON – July 20, 2015 – Artists for the first round of Guelph Arts Council’s HATCH [pop-up art-space] project have been selected. The jury was impressed with the strong community response to the Call for Proposals and has curated a series of engaging works and installations that will be exhibited throughout downtown Guelph this August.

Selected artists for the first round of HATCH [pop-up art-space] include multidisciplinary artist Steph Yates, painter and digital artist Shayam Korey Steckle, and installation artist Robin Elizabeth Lynch.

Steph Yates will present the “Museum of Subliminal Objects” at 41 Wyndham St. N., where she will be showing familiar items that will be altered and transformed into the stuff of dreams.

At 43 Wyndham St. N., visual artist Shayam Korey Steckle will present a meditative series of digitally manipulated photographic works entitled “Connect the Disconnected”.

Robin Elizabeth Lynch will be installing a sound-responsive light installation at 107 Gordon St. that will open a window into the imagined activity of neuro-synapses.

Each project was selected for its creative use of each space and its parameters, as well as for its capacity to engage audiences and alter their experience of the streetscape.

In addition to these three projects, Guelph Arts Council is excited to partner with the City of Guelph Artist in Residence 2015, Greg Denton, to provide exhibition space for his large scale portrait project “Sitting in Remembrance”, which will be installed as it grows throughout the month of August.

These temporary art spaces have been generously donated by property owners who see the value in this mutually beneficial exchange. Through the program, each artist will be paid artist fees as well as stipends to cover installation and material costs.

Artists are encouraged to apply for Round 2 of HATCH [pop-up art-space] and can expect to see a Call for Proposals circulated in August or September. Given the nature of available and donated HATCH spaces, Calls for Proposals will be circulated the month before a property is available for use.

Guelph Arts Council is currently seeking additional properties for the second round of HATCH [pop-up art-space] which will provide free creative space to artists for the months of September/October. 

For more information contact:
Melissa Gobeil
HATCH Coordinator
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519-836-3280 (office)

HATCH [pop-up art-space]is supported by The Elevator Project, Guelph Community Foundation - Musagetes Fund, 10 Carden, City of Guelph, and Hunch Manifest.

Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by Ontario Arts Council, Guelph Community Foundation & City of Guelph

It's Your Turn to Make Dreams Come True

By Sarah Goldrup

It's time for you, the community, to make some dreams come true!

The Oak Tree Project is a unique opportunity to strengthen the arts and culture of our community. Initiated by the Mactaggart Team, the Oak Tree Project recognizes the amazing impact that the arts can have on a community and how important it is to support the local charities that make that happen.

This is why they’ve decided to fund the arts this year:

“The arts also have the power to transform lives, provide a proven positive impact on development, help to refine motor skills and improve coordination, unlock talent, raise aspirations and establish an appreciation for different cultures.

This year, The Mactaggart Team will focus on strengthening local charities with the best ideas to build community through the arts. We’re looking for local charities that have the best ideas to enhance their capacity for supporting creative programming through the arts. We will donate $5,000 to an arts charity nominated by members of our community. A second donation of $1,000 will also be made.”

These not-for-profit initiatives invigorate their communities by creating opportunities and programming. They foster economic growth, support local artists, and bring a love for arts and culture to the youth and other members of our community. It’s a sure bet that all of us belong to or have been impacting by the amazing charities that sustain our community here in Guelph.

You can support your favourite local charities by voting for them through the Oak Tree Project. Many arts initiatives depend on external funding to continue their work or grow into exciting new projects. Through your nomination and by sharing your stories you will give your favourite charities a chance to receive the support to continue their work.

There are many fantastic projects and charities to be nominated, many of which are brought to you by members of Guelph Arts Council.

Please submit your nomination! Even if the charity isn’t awarded the full $5000, your stories are an invaluable boost to their efforts as they apply for other funding.

Nominations are open until July 15, 2015.

We at Guelph Arts Council have partnered with The Children’s Art Factory, an Art studio for children with a focus on the process of Art through play. We believe that in play, creativity blossoms. In order for children of all ages and incomes to benefit, CAF and Guelph Arts Council will build a series of portable art-based activities that could be borrowed or rented through an outreach program. This program would not only provide cutting-edge art education but revenue for both organizations. Examples of activities are plexi-glass easels; magnet table for building; a puppet theatre and stage with working instruments. Please vote for us!

But don’t stop there. Here are some of the other amazing local charities and what they’re working on. Below are our members’ initiatives, and the rest can (and should!) be viewed at http://live-oaktree-nominations.pantheon.io

Ed Video has had a meaningful relationship with the City of Guelph for almost 40 years. Media art matters here. Over the years our community has joined together to make works on art, political, environmental and social issues. To celebrate, we propose to use the Oaktree grant to do three short documentaries presenting creative stories from underserved communities in partnership with three other non-profits. This will launch a program and Web site we hope to continue through our 40th anniversary year. For more info go here: http://www.edvideo.org/donate/fundraising

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival will use the funds to revitalize our new facility, a lovely historical (former) church. Renovating this space will allow the Festival, now in its 27th year, to expand programming year-round, increasing the opportunities for established and emerging artists to present their work, publishers to showcase their authors, and aspiring writers and artists of all ages to participate in workshops and showcases. Funding will increase our capacity to support the arts by encouraging a culture of reading, writing and creating, as well as nurturing the next generation of writers and artists.

Focus on Nature provides full-day photography workshops in elementary schools, inspiring kids to express themselves creatively while exploring the natural world around them. We deliver our core programming in classrooms in order to reach the broadest audience, including kids who otherwise wouldn’t have access to specialized arts programming. Teachers love the program and many invite us back year after year. Unfortunately some schools can’t afford the subsidized fee that covers a portion of program costs. This grant will rectify that, allowing us to increase our reach into priority schools.

Guelph Jazz Festivalbelieves music-making is a tremendous formative experience for young people. Youths participating in Guelph Jazz Links (a Guelph Jazz Festival / Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble partnership) hone their music skills, create new works, and expand their thinking about music-making and themselves, all under the guidance of local musician Brent Rowan and internationally acclaimed jazz masters. The culminating experience is a series of featured performances during the Guelph Jazz Festival. Oak Tree funding will let Guelph Jazz Links operate year-round and add artists-in-residence to further mentor Guelph’s youth.

Guelph Little Theatre Our current home is a converted industrial building that we are working hard to turn into a first class theatre. With patron support, 250 new seats with aisle lighting were installed in 2013, last year we completely rebuilt and sealed the stage deck and we are looking ahead to replace signage in 2017. As it is with older buildings, the next job is around the corner. We share our stage with local arts organizations each year! 2015 sees GLT as the main stage for the Guelph Jazz Festival. Capital improvements to the theatre will help the community by increasing safety and accessibility.

Guelph Public Library provides lifelong learning opportunities and the freedom to read, learn, and discover offering a wealth of accessible resources, services, technologies, and programs to meet community needs. For many, access is crucial-attested by steadily rising usage and the 2800 people who enter our doors daily for tools to enrich, improve, and transform their lives. $5000 will expand our arts and culture programs for all, including youth, seniors, immigrants, and those with special needs- specifically creating a ‘living artist’ series where artists can create, inspire, and promote literacy through art.

Murals of Hope: A Mural Celebrating the Community of Guelph!

HATCH is a project that will address the need for more community arts space in Guelph. We at Guelph Arts Council (GAC) will collaborate with partners, artists and property owners to animate Guelph’s urban streetscape in unexpected ways. GAC will work with artists to ignite our downtown through the temporary installation of storefront art exhibitions, studios, and happenings. HATCH has attracted funding from The Elevator Project and the Guelph Community Foundation’s Musagetes Grant Program. Support from the Oak Tree Project would permit the extension of the project.

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