The City of Oshawa invites community members to celebrate Culture Days and Doors Open this fall. As part of this year’s festivities, we encourage community members to take part in a variety of virtual and self-guided outdoor activities.
To celebrate Culture Days, a national celebration of arts and culture, the City invites community members to take part in a walking tour of public artwork. The walking tour features nine sites over a 3.5 km looped route, including The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens.
Residents are invited to follow along with the sketch, sculpt, and color prompts that accompany each work on the walking tour. Participants are invited to submit their response artworks by Sunday, October 24 to be entered in a random prize draw for one of three $100 gift cards from Curry’s Artists’ Materials. For more information, including the Public Art Map and Activities Guide, visit www.oshawa.ca/culturedays.
Community members are also invited to view artwork developed by Durham College students through the TeachingCity Oshawa initiative. During the 2019-2020 academic year, DC students from the Journalism and Personal Support Worker programs interviewed a selection of older adults from Oshawa. Their stories were then interpreted by fellow DC students in the Fine Arts program through visual art. The students’ original artworks are installed at Delpark Homes Centre, Donevan Recreation Complex, Northview Community Centre and the OSCC55+ John Street Branch. Learn more and view the artwork on a virtual gallery on the City’s website at www.oshawa.ca/virtualexhibitions.
New content and activities for this year include:
- Great Lakes Waterfront Trail Interactive Portal – follow an interactive map to explore Oshawa’s waterfront trail.
- Podcast – listen to a podcast on the History of Library Service in Oshawa.
- Explore Oshawa – beginning on Friday, September 24, download the Explore Oshawa app that takes you on a tour of Oshawa with photos. Answer 10 questions about our city for a chance to win one of three prizes in a random prize draw.
“Culture Days and Doors Open kick off the fall season in our great City,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “I encourage everyone to join us in celebrating and experiencing Oshawa’s vibrant arts and cultural scene by taking part in the virtual exhibits and tours.”
“In these challenging pandemic times, it is gratifying to know our arts and culture communities have responded with innovative ways for our fellow citizens to enjoy the various artistic contributions in our community. It’s all safe and socially-distanced, and available at your fingertips,” said Councillor Rick Kerr, Chair of the Community Services Committee.
“Thanks to the dedicated work of City staff, partner agencies, Durham College, and many others, Oshawa’s Culture Days and Doors Open continue to offer online experiences this year. We hope our residents take full advantage of the multiple options to dig into our local culture and history despite the current pandemic conditions,” said Councillor Derek Giberson, Vice-Chair of the Community Services Committee.