What you Need to Know About Phase 3 in the Guelph Arts Scene: Community, Resiliance, and Innovation

By Ahmri Vandeborne

As spaces begin to re-open for the first time since the initial closures in March, we reached out to local arts hubs to collect all the information you need to know about how they’re adapting while re-opening, and asked the big burning question, How do you think the arts community will grow through the challenges of COVID-19?

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Artists come together at Silence’s first Music Monday since March

 

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Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project 2020

Guelph Arts Council is relaunching the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project (GEAMP) this Fall, a highly successful program that has run for six previous rounds. This project supports emerging artists in the critical transition to professional life, thanks to the support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

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Summer 2019 GEAMP Round Culminating Performance at Boarding House Gallery

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Digital Doors Open: D.O.G. Tales – In the Making

By Ahmri Vandeborne

The Arts Industry has always been one full of flexibility and changing landscapes. In mid-March, Guelph’s annual Doors Open was in full swing and ready to roll out but like everyone else in the world, the Arts Industry was forced to re-shift their focus. This year’s Doors Open Guelph (D.O.G.) is moving a Guelph favourite of touring historically and culturally significant buildings in-person, to digital storytelling. It might be a little different than anyone expected, but Guelph Arts Council and a dedicated production team are working hard to make sure it is just as captivating as the in-person event.

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Guelph Arts Council Announces Digital Doors Open Guelph: D.O.G. Tales

Guelph, ON – August 21, 2020 – Doors Open Guelph moves online this year, celebrating Guelph’s finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases and celebrates Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our great resources, businesses, and creative hubs.

This year, Doors Open Guelph will take the form of 5-minute tour videos highlighting the unique stories that each featured site has to tell. Digital tours will be released on guelphartsevents.com weekly from August 25 – September 30, ending with a bonus video in the last full week of the program. Site details are listed below and will be posted with event updates on guelphartsevents.com.

Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, an Ontario Heritage Trust initiative that was also launched in 2002 to celebrate community heritage. Communities all across the province are moving their events online and will be featured through Digital Doors Open.

D.O.G. Tales is made possible by the enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers who will serve as site storytellers and tour guides: Cindi Conlon, Robert Cutting, Ali Jones, Mireille Massue, Marion Reidel, and Jay Wilson. A special thanks to Doors Open Coordinator, Susan Ratcliffe, who made the stories come alive through research and writing, and Scott McGovern, the video editor of D.O.G. Tales 2020.

Guelph Arts Council thanks its event partners, including City of GuelphGuelph MuseumsOntario Heritage Trust, GCAT, eMerge, and Trails Open. GAC also thanks its sponsors: Downtown Guelph Business Association, University of Guelph – Gryphon Football, Sleeman Breweries, Aimée Puthon Real Estate, Hammond Power Solutions, SV Law, Granite Homes/The Junction, and Grinham Architects, as well as all participating sites, and its Steering Committee and event volunteers.

 

2020 Site Listing and Tour Release Dates:

  1. Hammond Radio Museum – Tuesday, August 25, 7:00 PM
  2. Catholic Hill – Tuesday, September 1, 7:00 PM
  3. Gryphon Football Pavilion – Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 PM
  4. President’s House – Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 PM
  5. Bisson Dentistry – Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 PM
  6. Hope House and Lakeside Downtown – Thursday, September 24, 7:00 PM
  7. Junction/Granite Homes – Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 PM

 

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