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The heART of our city is creativity, passion, innovation, and collaboration.
In 2009, the London Arts Council held a roundtable session with members of London’s arts community to discuss how best to recognize certain milestones we have achieved and continue to build on the amazing momentum the London Arts scene has realized in the last many years.
Our thinking initially centered around a one-time celebration however; it quickly changed to creating an awareness campaign for the arts to:
celebrateThe creativity, passion, accomplishments and milestones of the Arts in London
Raising awareness and understanding of the Arts that surround Londoners everyday
investEncouraging Londoners to invest themselves in the Arts through their time, knowledge, support, involvement and finances.
While planning at the local level started to take shape, a national campaign was afoot which had some of the hallmarks of our local campaign, we contacted the National Project Director David Moss in Montreal and asked to have London’s name added to the list of City’s interested in being part of a national movement to celebrate culture in Canada. The national campaign is called “Culture Days” www.culturedays.ca, and the London Arts Council is working aggressively to have London recognized through our local “heART” campaign.
We have experienced strong support and commitmentfor the campaign from community leaders such as London Transit Commission, London Public Library, RTraction, London Convention Centre, City of London, Downtown London, ReForest London, /A\ Channel, London Economic Development Corporation, The Beat and the list continues to grow as community partners of the arts find out about our initiative.
Arts organizations, Venues and Artists please contact the London Arts Council directly at [email protected] subject line "heART Campaign and Culture Days“
Media please contact London Arts Council Executive Director at [email protected]
Community Leaders and Organizations please contact London Arts Council Executive Director at [email protected]
Citizens of London please contact the London Arts Council at [email protected] or 519.439.0013
Yes, please use the heART image on the following:
Culture Days is a pan-Canadian volunteer movementto raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.Culture Days events across Canada will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers… in their own cities.
The heART campaign will be London’s signature event for Culture Days bringing together arts organizations, artists and arts collectives under the heART umbrella.
The LAC serves on Ontario’s Task Force for Culture Days and will lead in organizing information and responding to the national organizing team for those who wish to participate in heART, and will provide them with marketing materials (logos, links, etc.) to promote their participation in heART, and the overall campaign throughout London.
Organizations will be asked to submit an activity for Culture Days, that will be a part of the heART London campaign.
Activities must meet the following requirements:
For example: Art Walks, Conductor for a Day, Street Performances, Backstage Tours
LAC will be announcing the selection of London’s first Poet Laureate through video & podcasts. The Poet Laureate will write a piece wrapping up heART and Culture Days for 2010, which will be released through social media outlets.
heART INTERACTIVE WEB
The heART website will allow the public to access information about the heART campaign, download logos for websites, take their heART rate (fun quiz to see how you engage with the arts everyday), and keep up to date with heart activities and other items of interest.
CHRIS DOTY ART AWARDPresentation of the first Chris Doty award
RANDOM ACTS OF heARTThe heART image will appear in participating businesses and organizations windows, cars, desks, bikes etc…but it doesn’t have to stop there.
PODCASTS & FILM CLIPSCreation of unique film and audio clips showcasing the Arts community in London.
MEDIAArticles featuring arts and arts managers to appear in magazines such as; Business London, London City Life, London Free Press, The Beat, & Scene. Participation from /A\ will also be negotiated.
Once the tools of the heART Campaign (logos, podcasts, film clips, bus shelter signs, decals, posters, articles, etc) have been created, the Arts Council plans to continue to utilize them the tools in ongoing messaging.
The tools, activities and ideals of the heART campaign will be integrated into the “regular” activities of the arts sector, thus ensuring that the message and intent of heART will carry on well past the weekend of Culture Days.
London’s arts community
rtraction has committed to being our on-line leaders for our social media and web presence. The heART website, and various other technology based applications and tools will be created by this leading technology company agenerous contribution and lasting legacy.
London Public Library
London Transit Commission
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