Heritage Matters in #BurlON

Our lovely city of Burlington has a rich heritage-structural, oral and cultural. If you’re looking…

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Create Memories by Giving #BurlON Experiences

Gift cards are a very popular item under the tree these days as it enables…

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The Canada 150 excitement continues

Even though Canada Day has come and gone throughout 2017 we are encouraging visitors to…

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artsVest™ brings year-long training and $35,000 in matching funds to Oakville’s arts and culture community

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – for immediate release

artsVest™ brings year-long training and $35,000 in matching funds to Oakville’s arts and culture community

Information session for arts and culture groups takes place February 15, 2017

artsVest, a matching incentive and sponsorship training program designed to create partnerships between businesses and arts and culture groups, is coming to Oakville.

The program is offered by Business for the Arts, a national charitable organization that strengthens arts and culture in Canada by building partnerships between the private and cultural sectors. With funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Canada, $35,000 in matching funds will be delivered to local arts organizations.

The Town of Oakville will help administer the program, and provide meeting space for an information session and sponsorship workshop on February 15 from 1-5 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre. The workshop will be immediately followed by a reception to celebrate the launch of the program.

“Council believes in building bridges and helping establish relationships between various communities and organizations in Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “By encouraging partnerships between businesses and cultural organizations, the artsVest program helps to foster creativity and culture for everyone to enjoy.”

artsVest works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth training, tools and mentorship relationships with private sector businesses. As an added incentive, artsVest participants can apply for matching grants. For every dollar raised in sponsorship, Business for the Arts will match it – doubling their sponsorship opportunity.

“Business for the Arts is thrilled to be bringing the artsVest program to Oakville,” says Aida Aydinyan, vice president of Business for the Arts. “The generous funding and support from the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Government of Canada and the Town of Oakville speaks volumes to the importance and power of building relationships between the sectors. We look forward to seeing the incredible impact these arts organizations and businesses will have in the town over the next year.”

Arts and culture groups can learn more about the program and apply to participate on the artsVest page.


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Experience Burlington Arts & Culture

Here at Tourism Burlington, we run a full service visitor centre and I am always surprised at visitors (and residents) reactions to all the amazing arts and cultural experiences happening right here in Burlington.  We may not be as big a … Continue reading →

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Town of Oakville recognized for 2014 Culture Days program

Friday, November 21, 2014 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville recognized for 2014 Culture Days program

Town makes three “Top 10” lists!

The Town of Oakville participated in the Canada-wide Culture Days celebration on Saturday, September 27 and earned top marks in three categories:

Second in Ontario’s Top 10 Regions
Fourth in Ontario’s Top 10 Cities
Fifth in Canada’s Top 10 Regional (similarly sized municipalities)

“On behalf of Council, I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in organizing such a successful and widely recognized event,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Oakville Culture Days is a great opportunity for residents to immerse themselves and learn more about our vibrant arts and culture community.”

Rankings were based on the number of activities held in each community. Oakville’s Culture Days at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) featured 58 activities, including theatre performances, ceramic and woodshop workshops, exhibitions and more.

Thanks to a partnership with the Oakville Arts Council and QEPCCC’s active members, participants also had the opportunity to conduct the Oakville Symphony and learn how to play the steel pan with the Canadian Caribbean Association.

Culture Days is a grassroots, nation-wide movement that aims to raise awareness, participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of Canadian communities. Oakville joined with 825 communities across Canada to celebrate culture.


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Oakville loves Culture Days!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – for immediate release

Oakville loves Culture Days!

Over 2,400 participants enjoy free cultural activities at QEPCCC

Saturday, September 27, 2014, was a day packed with fun, art and cultural activities for residents of all ages who gathered in celebration of the national Culture Days campaign at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC).

“Culture Days is becoming one of the town’s most popular annual events,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I’m pleased to see Oakville residents embracing Council’s shared vision of creating an arts and culture hub at QEPCCC.”

Thanks to a partnership with the Oakville Arts Council and QEPCCC’s active members, participants had the opportunity to conduct the Oakville Symphony, learn how to play the steel pan with the Canadian Caribbean Association, record a song in the recording studio, create creatures in the woodshop and the ceramic studio and much more! The most attended free show was DuffleBag Theatre’s magical performance of Peter Pan held in the Black Box Theatre.

Many of the day’s events were shared on Twitter using the hashtag #culturedaysoakville.

Culture Days is a grassroots, nation-wide movement that aims to raise awareness, participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of Canadian communities. For more information, visit the Culture Days website.


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Lots to do this weekend in Burlington

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Oakville approves Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre operational plan

Monday, August 29, 2011 – for immediate release

Oakville approves Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre operational plan

New centre slated to open to user groups in January 2012

Oakville Council recently approved an innovative new operating model, developed specifically for the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) that will help it to become a cultural hub for Oakville. As part of the operating model, members of the arts and culture groups housed at QEPCCC will have the opportunity to participate on one of five working committees to help develop the centre’s potential. 

“Our consultation with art and culture groups led us to a one-of-a-kind operating model that will work for everyone,” Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said. “This approach provides an interface between the users and the facility so that our user groups can have input into operational decision making.”

The model also incorporates a rate structure that will allow groups to utilize the space while they build capacity.

“Our stakeholders made it clear that they wanted to be more than just renters of space,” Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture explained. “They wanted to play an active role in making the centre a success and the final operating model focuses on inclusion.”

The town created a working committee of representatives from arts and cultural groups including the Oakville Arts Council and Community Art Space in developing the operating model. 

The working committee also established a vision with guiding principles for QEPCCC that reflect the centre’s diverse uses and needs of its future occupants. Among the many groups that will now call QEPCCC home are the Oakville Arts Council and Oakville Sports Hall of Fame, plus a new youth centre and seniors centre.

In 2009, Council approved the renovation of the former Queen Elizabeth Park high school into a community centre that would meet recreation needs as well as the facility needs of Oakville’s many not-for-profit arts and culture groups.

Construction will be completed in the fall of 2011 with the doors opening to user groups in January 2012. The official grand opening celebration and the launch of a full range of arts, culture and recreational programming is being planned for March 2012.

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For more information:

Nina de Vaal
Director, Recreation and Culture
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3112
ndevaal@oakville.ca  

Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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