The City of Oshawa is inviting community members to experience Culture Days and Doors Open this year through a selection of online and in-person activities.
Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. Activities will run through to Oct. 25 where attendees can explore virtual exhibits celebrating artwork from the local community.
One of the exhibitions highlights the artworks from participants of the Brain Injury Association of Durham’s Unmasking project.
The other series of online exhibits displays the artworks of students from Durham College’s Community Collaborations course within the Faculty of Media, Art and Design.
As part of the TeachingCity Oshawa initiative, students create artwork that responds to city issues and topics. View the artwork online at oshawa.ca/virtualexhibitions or in person at the following locations: Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Alexandra Park and Civic Square at city hall.
Community members can also enjoy Culture Days at Lakeview Park to discover the display of the 100th anniversary of Lakeview Park celebration banners.
Created by 10 local artists and selected by the city’s Public Art Task Force from a recent Call to Artists in June and early July 2020, the artwork is also online at oshawa.ca/virtualexhibitions.
The city is reminding community members that when visiting outdoor amenities, including parks, to adhere to safety protocols, government orders and health authority guidelines, including:
– Maintaining physical distancing of at least two metres (six feet) or more between persons;
– Not to use outdoor amenities as per government orders (currently no more than groups of 25); and,
– Respecting posted signage on guidelines for use.
The city is also inviting residents to celebrate Oshawa’s history through virtual exhibits and tours. A variety of virtual sites are available on the City of Oshawa’s Doors Open website and will be available until Nov. 30.
Highlights for this year include:
– A new exhibit at the Canadian Automotive Museum’s exploring Oshawa’s automotive community;
– Exploration of Camp X, the WWII spy camp on the shores of Lake Ontario;
– Virtual admission to the historical gardens of Parkwood, the R.S. McLaughlin Estate; and
– An online visit to Windfields Farm, the breeding ground of an international calibre of thoroughbred horses, which dominated Canadian and American horseracing for decades. Northern Dancer was born at Windfields Farm and is one of the greatest horse racing legends in North America.