Organized by the Bruyère hospital organization’s artist-in-residence, CJ Fleury, Be Moved by Art at Bruyère was a month-long program designed to be accessible, safe, and to inspire the imagination. With COVID-19 restrictions in mind, their hub created programming for both the patients of Saint-Vincent – a photography exhibit and an art hunt located inside the hospital – and the general public, hosting an online exhibition and a self-guided outdoor art tour. Prioritizing community collaboration and participation, the shows featured 2D and 3D works created by patients and care-givers, new photography, and playful ground-murals.
Helson Gallery – Creative Outlets: Art In a Time of IsolationHalton Hills, ON
Throughout Culture Days, the Helson Gallery exhibited Creative Outlets: Art In a Time of Isolation, a show that featured projects created by local artists in the early months of the pandemic. Seeking to remove barriers to participation in the arts, the exhibition featured many creative forms of expression, including sewn gowns and masks, journals, sculptures, and more. The Helson also created a downloadable PDF full of art lessons, which was free and accessible to help families, teachers, and students develop their artistic and creative skills from home.
ARTS MILTON + RICK IMUS – CURBSIDE CONCERTS FEATURING “THE VAUDEVILLIAN” – MILTON, ON
Arts Milton kicked off their festival programming with The Vaudevillian, a celebratory night of distanced community gathering. Families watched a 1930’s-style band from their own lawns and driveways, and audiences were able to safely experience live music – something they hadn’t enjoyed in over 6 months – as the show travelled to three separate street-side locations over the course of the evening. One audience member likened the feeling of watching the performances to the freedom she felt after WWII, when people were dancing in the streets.
Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre – Pioneer Week Video Series – Lincoln, ON
Every year in late September and early October, The Town of Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre celebrates Pioneer Day to mark the harvest. In order to mitigate the risk of an in-person festival, their 53rd annual Pioneer Celebrations went virtual, bringing legacy vendors and historians into the homes of Lincoln locals. With a little help from modern technology, the Pioneer Week video series introduced residents to blacksmiths, beekeepers, and the mighty steam engine, all of which was streamed on Instagram via IGTV, Facebook, and YouTube for everyone to access.