Culture Days – Call For Artist Participation

April 7, 2017 | Diana L.

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Toronto Public Library, the Neighbourhood Arts Network and Ontario Culture Days are looking for Toronto-based artists and cultural groups who would like to be part of Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Culture Days Runnymede Spirit of Africa 2016

Spirit of Africa program at Runnymede Branch, 2016
Photo credit: Kevin Jones

Here's a glance at past Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library by the numbers:

  • Over 9,000 people attended a Culture Days activity at Toronto Public Library in the last six years!
  • Over 856 people attended 50 programs in 2016.
  • Over 190 artists and arts and cultural organizations have presented 305 activities in every corner of the city!

The nation-wide celebration of the arts and culture will take place this year from September 29 to October 1, and was established in 2009 as a way to help community artists and arts groups share their creative work with the public. Artists are invited to take their practice out of their private studios or their usual communities into accessible library spaces throughout the city so that more people can discover and engage with their work. 

Woodside Square Natalie Kwong

Belly dancing program at Woodside Square Branch 
Photo credit: Natalie Kwong

The application form is available here: 

Applications must be submitted by May 3, 2017.

Artists of all artistic disciplines and cultural traditions are encouraged to apply, as well as those that appeal to families and audiences of diverse ages. We especially invite newcomer artists to apply. The Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library program is an excellent platform to introduce yourself and your art practice to your new community. To be considered as a participating artist, the arts activity must be free and interactive.

Annette Ensemble Topaz

Ensemble Topaz program at Annette Branch 
Photo credit: Ken Dobb

For more information about Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library, visit