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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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Burlington Public Art

Over the last year we have had the opportunity to work with our Mayor, Rick Goldring, as he wrote several blogs for us and shared some of his favourite seasonal things to see and do.  Today, we had the pleasure of … Continue reading →

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Oakville celebrates bigger and better Culture Days

Monday, September 26, 2016 – for immediate release

Oakville celebrates bigger and better Culture Days

Free music, dance, theatre and art activities from September 30 to October 2, 2016

Oakville is showcasing its love of culture by expanding its Culture Days celebration with more free activities and performances offered at multiple locations throughout town from September 30 to October 2.

“By expanding Culture Days the town is helping residents learn about and celebrate the diverse community we have here in Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage residents of all ages to take part in this year’s activities and help share in Oakville’s vibrant arts and culture scene.”

As part of the nation-wide Culture Days festivities, Oakville will offer opportunities for residents to explore music, dance, visual arts and theatre at multiple locations including Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC), Towne Square, Oakville Public Library, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Oakville Galleries and various local businesses.

Highlights from this year’s lineup include: youth lip sync battle, Oakville Improv Kids class workshop, all ages clay drop-in, Caribbean Association steel pan workshop and performance, Oakville Quilters Guild Nine Patch Bonanza, beginner belly dance classes, performance by the Circle of Harmony a capella chorus, and curator’s tour of Judith Scott sculptures at Oakville Galleries.

A full schedule of events and registration details are available on the Culture Days page. Online registration is now open for select programs. Pre-registration opens on September 30 at 9 a.m. at QEPCCC.

Participants are also encouraged to share photos of their Culture Days activities on Twitter or the town’s Facebook page with #CultureDaysOakville for a chance to win a $100 Recreation and Culture program credit. For contest details, visit the Culture Days page.

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.


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Cultural Plan sets the stage for culture to grow and evolve in Oakville

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – for immediate release

Cultural Plan sets the stage for culture to grow and evolve in Oakville

Council approves Cultural Plan 2016-2021 that will target all corners of the community

Over the next five years Oakville’s arts and culture scene will become even more vibrant and exciting thanks to an updated Cultural Plan that was approved by Council at the April 4, 2016, Council meeting.

“The town is both a provider and a supporter of cultural programs and services that make Oakville a great place to live. Our Cultural Plan sets a clear direction for how we will ensure creativity and culture continue to grow and evolve throughout the community,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

The Cultural Plan 2016-2021 builds on the significant progress of the original plan developed in 2009 and expands on its vision of creating a community where culture inspires, engages and thrives. The updated plan will see the town implement several key initiatives including developing a public art strategy, creating new programs to engage the community, developing public sector partnerships and increasing private sector engagement to support the arts in Oakville.

“This plan identifies that culture simply means people expressing their creativity and heritage,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “We’re very excited to reach out to all corners of the community with this broader, more inclusive definition of culture that encourages everyone to express themselves in a way that benefits their community.”

The town retained Webb Management Services Inc. to update the Cultural Plan in consultation with an external focus group of stakeholders and based on input gathered through public meetings and an online survey. The updated Cultural Plan sets out the following eight recommendations, each with a set of supporting initiatives:

Reach and engage the whole community.
Develop a public art program.
Leverage the corporate art collection to engage the wider community.
Invest in “cultural anchors” that provide and support creativity in the community.
Develop public sector partnerships.
Increase private sector engagement and partnerships to support the arts in Oakville.
Ensure arts and culture are in more facilities throughout the town.
Consider how arts and culture can help achieve broader town goals by applying a “Cultural Lens” approach to all projects and programs.

Staff will begin implementing the plan’s recommendations in 2016 using current staffing and budget. Future funding and staffing requests will be deferred to the 2017 budget process.

The town also continues to work on the Downtown Cultural Hub (DCH) which is exploring opportunities to create cultural and performing arts spaces and new riverfront park that will become the cultural, social, and economic heart of the community. Staff is undertaking further research and public consultation on these potential DCH opportunities before reporting back to Council later this year.

The DCH, along with the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study make up the town’s exciting Downtown Plan which aims to create an attractive, active, animated and vibrant downtown that will bring people together while maintaining the beautiful historic downtown streetscape.

For more information or to review the complete Cultural Plan 2016-2021, visit the Cultural Plan page.


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Oakville residents invited to 2016 Make Your Move Family Day

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – for immediate release

Oakville residents invited to 2016 Make Your Move Family Day

Hundreds of free family-friendly activities and events planned at 12 locations across Oakville

Oakville’s popular Family Day tradition continues on Monday, February 15. The eighth annual celebration promises tons of free family-friendly activities and events for everyone to enjoy.

“Family Day provides an excellent opportunity for residents of all ages and abilities to explore our many arts, recreation or cultural programs and enjoy some free family fun,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

Participants can take part in a variety of classes including family-style zumba, basketball and yoga, or visit the Oakville Museum’s Designing Oakville Historic Residential Architecture Exhibit. Families can also enjoy Storytime at select Oakville Public Library branches; get their picture taken on a Zamboni at River Oaks and Glen Abbey community centres; or see Toopy and Binoo, Vroom, Vroom, Zoom at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). The town will also offer free swimming and ice time at participating pools and arenas.

“This is a great way to spend quality time with family and connect with the community,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “Plus, our free events and activities allow families to enjoy the benefits of healthy living by getting active and trying something new.”

Family Day locations:

Glen Abbey Community Centre and Library
Iroquois Ridge Community Centre and Library
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
River Oaks Community Centre
Sixteen Mile Sports Complex
Centennial Pool
Joshua’s Creek Arenas
Kinoak Arena
Oakville Museum
Maple Grove Arena
Central Library
Peter Gilgan Family YMCA

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at QEPCCC, Glen Abbey and River Oaks community centres. All proceeds will go to the town’s Recreation Connection Fund to help families in need participate in recreation programs.

Visit the Family Day page for a full schedule of events or pick up a Family Day guide at Town Hall, one of our community centres or libraries, or at the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA. Make Your Move Family Day is proudly sponsored by Genworth Canada and supported by Paradiso, Maple Lodge Farms, Domino’s Pizza, Pepsico and Whole Foods Market.

Make Your Move Oakville is the town’s public education and awareness program to promote the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles and encourage residents to become more active through participation in various sport and recreational activities.


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Town of Oakville recognized for 2015 Culture Days celebration

Monday, December 21, 2015 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville recognized for 2015 Culture Days celebration

Town places third among top 10 municipalities with similar population

Oakville’s celebration of arts and culture held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 was among the best Culture Days events in the country according to the annual Top Ten Cities and Towns list released by the Culture Days non-profit organization.

The town ranked third within the group with populations of 50,000 to 499,999. Richmond, BC took the top spot followed by London, ON in second place.

“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 62 activities, including theatre performances, ceramic and woodshop workshops, exhibitions and more.

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.


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