Save the date! April 11 & 12, 2019

The Scugog Council for the Arts is pleased to announce that it will host a one and a half day multi-arts symposium in Port Perry, in partnership with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation at their Health & Resource Centre on Island Road.

With a goal of increasing and developing connections between the many arts and cultural practitioners and organizations, in the Township of Scugog and nearby communities, the delegates will include performing arts practitioners and organizations, visual artists and visual arts organizations, craft guilds, arts presenters of theatre, music, visual art and special events, and members of writer’s and literary circles.

Equally important, we will connect with township staff and Councillors representing cultural services as well as business people through the Chamber of Commerce and BIA. The Symposium will also be open to art teachers and tourism operators that recognize arts and culture as important elements in our community.

The Symposium sessions will focus on “audience building” and will include facilitated round-table discussions and brain storming sessions, panel discussions covering a wide variety of topics, a key-note speaker, and all important non-structured social networking time.  Details about speakers, topics and schedules will be available shortly.

The event will support collaboration and capacity of local creators, presenters, producers and community animators. Through these activities we hope to achieve three outcomes:

  • Build the skills of individual arts practitioners and organizations through collaboration in several ways
  • Encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Create concepts for new initiatives

Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation are the main sponsor for the Multi-Arts Symposium. The Scugog Council for the Arts accepted this donation at the MSIFN Donations Committee Annual Christmas Cheque Presentation on December Dec 13. We are very grateful to their Donations Committee for this generous donation and for the collaborative spirit of co-hosting the event.

SPARC (Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities) has provided the Scugog Council for the Arts with $3,000 through their Collaborative Community Initiatives Program. SPARC is a network whose purpose is to ignite and help sustain performing arts communities in rural and remote Ontario.

Scugog Council for the Arts is leading this initiative and will take responsibility for organizing and bookkeeping for the event. We are a registered charitable organization. The Scugog Council for the Arts (SCA) is the voice and home for arts and culture in Scugog and surrounding areas. It advocates for the arts, attracting a range of co-investors such as funders, donors, members, the public, artists and volunteers. The SCA works to realize the creative potential of all citizens and assists in the development of a shared and authentic cultural identity. As a hub in the community we believe that the arts are essential to the quality of life in Scugog and surrounding area, and take a leadership role in supporting a vibrant local cultural scene that embraces theatre, music, dance, visual art, craft, literary arts, and arts education. It serves as a catalyst for community and economic development, and cultural tourism. We strive to maximize our contributions to the vibrancy and quality of life in our community, as we support art for arts sake.

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