Spring Break Art Camps in Guelph

By Mike Baker

Kids and youth can explore creativity from home this coming spring break. There are a number of online art camps in Guelph ranging from dance, music, art, and nature-based art classes. Teachers get a break too of course, and if you're an educator looking to hone your online classroom skills, than the Making Box has you covered. See what's happening locally.

Art Gallery of Guelph. Camp-to-Go. April 12-16

This April, join us for a fabulous week of Camp-To-Go! With a blend of virtual instruction and hands-on activities, this creative program for kids ages 7 to 12 brings the arts directly to your home, providing your kids with an unforgettable interactive learning experience.

From painting to Perler bead design, Camp-To-Go features a live 90-minute virtual creative Zoom session every morning at 10:30 am inspired by the work of a diversity of artists. The best part? You’ll receive all the supplies you need to follow along! Supply kits can be picked up prior to the start of camp and contain materials to be used in art-making over the course of five days. The cost for Camp-To-Go including materials, instruction and facilitation is $100. To learn more visit here.

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Art Gallery of Guelph. Camp-to-Go. Image provided by Art Gallery of Guelph

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Sue Smith Celebrates Release of New Album with Concert Live-Streamed from River Run Centre

By Brenda Lewis

Live from The River Run Series presents Sue Smith with The Potion Kings

On Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8pm, long-time Guelph artist Sue Smith brings her evocative song writing and sultry voice to the stage of the River Run Centre joined by a band of locally and nationally esteemed colleagues,The Potion Kings. Join her from the comfort of your home for an unforgettable live-streamed concert celebrating her sixth album, Tonight We Sail, released worldwide on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

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Sue Smith. Photo credit, Dean Palmer

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An Interview with Marva Wisdom: Leader, Advocate, and Activist

By Tatiana Poluch

As February comes to a close, we have spent the month celebrating many Black individuals who have shaped history. Looking into our own community, we have leaders who continue influencing society every day. One of these community members is Marva Wisdom, a facilitator, moderator and professional speaker. 

I was privileged enough to share a chat with Marva. We discussed her lived experience as well as some of the numerous projects she is involved in. The questions have been summarized for article length and clarity.

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Marva Wisdom. Image provided by Marva Wisdom

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CFRU and Guelph Civic Museum celebrate 40+ years on the air

By Barbara Salsberg Mathews

CFRU has partnered with Guelph Civic Museum to celebrate the 40+ years since receiving its FM license. The display at Guelph Civic Museum will run from March 23 to October 31, 2021. CFRU reached out to our community to collect memories, recordings of old shows, posters and merchandise.

Bry Webb, operations coordinator for CFRU-FM, the community radio station at the University of Guelph, says:

“In addition to the physical display, we will also have a virtual offering that links to the rich history of CFRU.”

A radio club was started at University of Guelph in 1965. The station was mainly closed-circuit from ’65 to ’70. Around 1970, CFRU obtained an AM carrier current at 820AM, which continued until it went to FM in 1980. The original recording of that first show will be part of the display. CFRU has evolved to become an effective bridge between campus life and the Guelph community.

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CFRU collage, through the years. Image provided by CFRU.

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