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City of Guelph Seeks Public Art Advisors

Are you a resident of Guelph with significant experience in Arts and Culture? The City of Guelph is reaching out to find members for its Public Art Advisory Committee. The committee's role in Guelph is to steward and promote public art policy and enliven our public spaces. Over the coming year, these seven key people will "provide strategic input and advice to Council and Staff on matters pertaining to public art in the City of Guelph".


They are looking for a cross section of skills and professional experience ranging from urban planning and architecture, to the performing, visual and literary arts, curation, heritage, education and more. For a full list of sought-after skills, see the Public Art Advisory Committee Terms of Reference.

As the committee meets throughout the year, they will play a crucial role in bringing inspiring and engaging artwork to our city, and building the identity of Guelph as a strong cultural centre.

Do you have what it takes?

Fill out the application and submit by October 9. Help make Guelph one of Canada's great creative cities!

Goodbye and Good Luck Astero!

Guelph recently wished farewell to a valued member of our community. Astero Kalogeropoulos, the Arts and Culture Program Officer for the city of Guelph, has left to take over a new position in Waterloo as the Manager of Arts, Culture, Festivals, and Events. During her time in Guelph, Astero was instrumental in executing numerous events and initiatives to promote and enhance the arts within Guelph. Working closely with the Guelph Arts council, Astero was a part of memorable Culture Days activities like "Yarn Bombing", a community driven event that saw up to one hundred local and international donors sending yarn squares into Guelph and installing then in St. Georges Square. Astero was also queen of Guelph Culture Map, and as a true champion of public art, a force behind many of our city's Public Art treasures. Thank you, Astero, for all of your time and dedication to the arts community and to the city of Guelph.

2014 Eden Mills Writers' Festival Returns this September

In September of 1989, Governor General Award winning author and Eden Mills resident Leon Rooke invited friends Michael Ondaatje, Rohinton Mistry, Linda Spalding and Jane Urquhart to read from the steps of the historic Eden Mills general store. Hundreds of people showed up and the Eden Mills Writers' Festival was born! Today, the Eden Mills Writers' Festival has grown into a nationally respected literary festival, with up to 1,800 visitors joining hundreds of volunteers from Eden Mills, Guelph and area on a Sunday in September.

Throughout the village, six open air reading sites are set up for Adult, Young Adult and Children's author readings. These sites include: a 19th century fieldstone Mill, an 150-year-old fieldstone chapel, a backyard with the Eramosa River as a backdrop, and a field showcasing a local artist's sculptures. Authors read in hour-long sets of 3 or 4.

JENNY'S PLACE is founding EMWF Board member Jenny Kitson's home, also known as action central for the Sunday festival and houses the Authors' Green Room, hosts children's presenters in the backyard and on the front lawn. The Bookshelf sets up a booth where folks can buy our authors books. Book signing tables are next door.

THE 100 HUNDRED STORY WOOD is a day-long high school student writers' workshop occurring on Monday, September 15th at Camp Edgewood in Eden Mills. Four award winning Canadian authors and teachers conduct creative writing classes for local students. Teachers, high school students or their parents may contact Adrian Hoad-Reddick < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. > to register. Full information can be found on the EMWF website.

Author readings at the EMWF are by invitation and we love promoting local writers! This year, we have Guelphites Thomas King, Dr. Nicholas Ruddock, Jo Ellen Bogart, Ben Caesar and Zachary Collins, as well as Janet Wilson (Eden Mills) and Carrie Snyder (Kitchener/Waterloo). Local emcees include Guelph residents Craig Norris, James Gordon and Susan Ratcliffe; Hillside Executive Director Marie Zimmerman; and Guelph Library's Anne McKay.

The 26th EMWF Sunday Authors Festival takes place on September 14th, 2014, and will host over 50 Canadian authors from near and (very) far: current Booker winner, Eleanor Catton will be flying in from New Zealand. Governor General award winner Kate Pullinger will be arriving from her current home in London (England). Plus, writers from Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and B.C. will all be converging on Eden Mills and Guelph starting on Thursday, Sept. 11th through Monday, Sept. 15th.

Free shuttle buses will leave from the Sleeman Centre and the University of Guelph's University Centre to Eden Mills (and return) roughly every hour. Check the Festival website at www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca for the all of the details.

Guelph’s Historical Walking Tours Keep Visitors and Residents Alike Intrigued

We had an opportunity to ask a few questions of Brian Garner, one of our dedicated Walking Tour Guides.

Tell us a little about yourself and your many involvements in the Guelph Community.

I take an active part wherever I have lived. I moved to Guelph to take a position as Director of Music at a local Church. All has developed from there. I now volunteer with GAC and the Guelph Kiwanis Music Festival where I am involved in the organizing committee, fundraising and session coordination. I am on the Steering Committee for Spark of Brilliance and have been a member of the Museum; one membership I must renew!

You've been a fantastic Guelph Arts Council Walking Tour Guide now for over 4 years. What brought you to volunteering with GAC?

When moving to a new area, I like to know it well. I read about the walking tours and started every Sunday afternoon to attend these tours. Eventually, one of the guides after asking me something about a location said, "Why don't you become a guide?" That is how it all started.

What do you like most about being a Historical Walking Tour guide?

There are two things that I love about being a guide, the first is being able to show significant parts of this beautiful city's architecture and history to others and secondly, to be able to point out items to people who have lived here all their lives, but have never known of such areas and items. Perhaps they have driven by them daily; however, to see many one has to park the car; get out and walk!

Could you tell me about 2NS4U Music Therapy?

After returning home to Canada from Texas where I had been Music Therapy Coordinator for a state residential facility, I set up my own practice through which I am able to offer services to groups and individuals. Through music and its various elements, I am able to assist people with challenges; developmental, physical, mental and particularly with geriatric issues.

Guelph Historical Walking Tours run from April to October and you can find out the details at http://guelpharts.ca/gac-programming#walkingtours.

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