Call for Participation – Culture Days at The Library

In Call to Artists on May 24, 2011 by danceumbrella

Culture Days is Coming to a Toronto Public Library Branch Near You!

The Toronto Public Library (TPL), the Neighbourhood Arts Network and Culture Days are pleased to announce an exciting partnership called Culture Days @ The Library to help artists and arts organizations to share their creative work with the public.

The Toronto Public Library is offering free venues to Toronto-based artists and arts organizations wishing to be part of Culture Days on September 30 and October 1, 2011. Some 45 TPL branches spanning the city will provide various types of venues at no cost. Now in its second year, Culture Days is a pan-Canadian celebration of arts and culture. For more information, visit

Often described as the ‘living-rooms of the city’ public libraries are important community spaces in our neighbourhoods for learning, exchange of ideas and connecting with others. This partnership enables artists to take their practice out of their private studios into the accessible spaces of library branches so that the public can discover and engage with their work. To be considered for a space, the arts activity must be free and interactive.

Toronto-based individual artists, small and medium-sized arts and cultural organizations, collectives or groups that wish to organize their events at a TPL branch are invited to submit an application by June 10, 2011. These will be assessed by a jury and matched with an appropriate branch location. Decisions will be based on the suitability of the activity for the branch’s venue space and the interactive nature to the activity. Artistic merit will not be assessed. Activities in all artistic disciplines are encouraged as well as those that appeal to families and to audiences of diverse ages. Whenever possible, artists/organizations will be matched with a branch in their own neighbourhood.

45 Toronto Public Library Branches Open their Doors

45 branches are committed to hosting Culture Days activity organizers. From Etobicoke to Scarborough, North York to downtown, this partnership contributes to Culture Days taking place in neighbourhoods throughout the city. The majority of activities will be scheduled on Saturday, October 1, with a limited number scheduled on Friday, September 30. For location and other details about each branch, go to

How to participate
The application form is now on-line at . Applications will be accepted from now until June 10, 2011.

Applicants will assessed and matched with the appropriate branches. Notifications will be sent out by July 15, 2011.

About Culture Days
Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The first annual Culture Days event swept across more than 700 Canadian cities and towns during the last weekend of September 2010, generating an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm in the process. This year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 30, October 1 and October 2. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community. To Learn more, please visit

Culture Days in Ontario is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Ontario.

About Toronto Public Library
Toronto Public Library is the world’s busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 18 million people visit our 99 branches and borrow more than 32 million items. As cornerstones of their neighbourhoods, our libraries connect people to each other and to their community, inspiring the spirit of exploration, the joy of reading and the pursuit of knowledge for people of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more, please visit or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

About Neighbourhood Arts Network
Neighbourhood Arts Network is the place where arts and community engagement meet. NAN helps artists and community organizations do what they do best: enrich Toronto and transform it into a more vibrant, beautiful, and liveable city. We catalyze new relationships and conversations, collect research and share information. We envision a Toronto where all residents are empowered to discover and shape the cultural life of their communities. Neighbourhood Arts Network is a project of the Toronto Arts Foundation. To learn more, please visit

For more information about Culture Days @ The Library, please visit

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