New Year, New Opportunities!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the W(here) Festival Blog!

If this is your first time here, have a look around!  More information is being added weekly, for example…  this week you will find a Call for Submissions in the Participate section of the blog. The W(here) Festival is looking for community members and artists to submit an idea for a field trip or performative walk in Pictou County. Walking in Place is a special local programming section of the festival! Exciting!! The deadline for that submission is February 21st, so get your idea in soon.

In other news, I am busy getting the word out there to potential local sponsors, securing donations of materials and looking for great locations to host our programming. If you would like to know more about this aspect of the festival, please visit the Sponsorship section.

In addition, I am in conversation with visiting artists Marlene Creates and Sheilah Wilson, working through ideas for two very exciting projects to take place during the festival. If you are interested in learning more about their work… visit the Artists section. (More information coming soon on this)

Last but not least! I will be in Pictou February 13 to 19 to meet with local community members, businesses and touch base face to face with you all.

On Thursday February 16th please join me at Carvers Coffee House in Pictou for a social meet and greet. At the meeting, I will be presenting where the festival is at in terms of programming, and letting local artists and interested folk in on how they can participate or  volunteer. I hope to see you there.

Slainte! (and Happy Robert Burns Day!)

Mary MacDonald, curator

 

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Networking Cafe a success!

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Hello everyone,

Just to kick things off I’d just like to say WELCOME to the new blog for the W(here) Festival! Here you will find updates about the project and community conversation about its development. Please feel free to share this blog with arts enthusiasts locally in Pictou County and friends far afield!

Our first public event, the Networking Cafe, was held on November 5th at the Pictou Academy Auditorium. I would like to thank all of the participants the amazing conversations and enthusiasm.  It was a great success with over 20 participants (visual artists, activists, sculptors, local business owners, press, writers, filmmakers and actors) attending. Participants came together  to share their practices and to discuss what the  future of arts and culture initiatives in Pictou County might look like. Basically a speed-dating event, we were all amazed at the wealth of expertise in the room and the strong desire for a more visible arts community in Pictou County. Many ideas were tossed around… from spearheading a new arts column in the local paper, The Pictou Advocate, to a performative walking tour.

Participants included: Shari Burns, Lennie Cheverie, David Craig, Dian Day, Amanda Gillis, Steve Goodwin, Linda Little, Raina MacDonald, Mary MacDonald, Ruth MacKay, Susan T Manley, Fenn Martin, Dawn MacNutt, Susan and Lindsay Moland, Susan Overmyer, Anna Pereda, Dawn Peters, St. Clair Prest, Judy Suraine, Carolyn Vienneau, Rita Wilson and Luke Young.

So! The question is…

Where do we go from here? What would you like to see in Pictou County?  Share your ideas below!

I would also invite participants to share their experience of the cafe below. Lets keep the conversation going!

A special thank you to those of you who helped spread the word and to volunteers: Shari Burns, Carol MacDonald and Marion MacDonald as well as  Pictou Academy for the fantastic space. See you soon!

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