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From our friends at the Toronto Public Library:

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 www.culturedays.ca

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

The following 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 http://www.torontopubliclibrar...

Albert Campbell
Flemingdon Park
Mount Dennis
Alderwood
Gerrard Ashdale
Mt Pleasant
Annette
Guildwood
North York Central (five spaces available)
Barbara Frum
High Park
Northern Elms
Bayview
Highland Creek
Oakwood Village
Beaches
Humber Summit
Pape Danforth
Bendale
Jane Dundas
Parliament
Black Creek
Jane-Sheppard
Pleasant View
Danforth
Jones
Richview
Davenport
Lillian H. Smith
S. Walter Stewart Branch
Deer Park
Malvern
Spadina
Don Mills
Maria Shchuka
St Clair Silverthorn
Downsview
McGregor Park
Victoria Village
Dufferin St. Clair
Mimco
Weston
Elmbrook Park
Morningside
York Woods
Evelyn Gregory

How to participate

The application form is now on-line at http://bit.ly/lREwUL. 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 www.culturedays.ca

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

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