Indigenous Ribbon Shirts and Skirts Program, Sault Ste Marie Indigenous Friendship Centre & Art Gallery of Algoma, Photo Credit: Kevanna Studios, 2020

2020 Creative Residences

New for 2020, Ontario Culture Days is excited to launch a new Creative Residency program. Our Creative Residents are a collection of 10 artists and arts organizations who are working with us to produce programming for the Culture Days festival and beyond. From Afro-Caribbean dance, to Indigenous pre-colonial cooking, to creative writing workshops, participants will be able to take part in engaging digital programming with artists all across the province.

Want to find something just right for you? Check out our full list of residents below and discover what programs are on offer.


Meet our Residents:

Kingston – Kornel Wolak and Clelia Scala

Kornel Wolak is a concert clarinetist, clinician, researcher, author and producer. He regularly appears in recitals as soloist with American and European orchestras as well as chamber musician.

Clelia Scala is is an artist whose work includes mask and puppet design, installations, collage, and illustration. She makes masks and puppets for theatre and teaches mask-making and puppet-making in classroom and workshop settings. Both Clelia and Kornel come from Queen’s University, Kingston.

On September 30, Clelia and Kornel will be leading a shadow puppet performance and workshop on how to create your own shadow puppet.

Shadows and Winds Performance, Kornel Wolak, Queen's University, 2019


Ottawa – Kanika Gupta and Amit Kehar

Kanika Gupta is a multidisciplinary artist who uses visual art and storytelling to create dialogue and foster deeper human connections. Through multi-modal and sensory based work, Kanika is passionate about engaging public audiences with art in ways that are meaningful and inclusive to them.

Amit Kehar is a cinematographer, motion director and visual media artist who uses light as his language to tell the stories that haven’t yet been told.

Join Kanika as she shows us how to make natural watercolour paints out of everyday grocery store items in this mini series directed by cinematographer Amit Kehar. Each mini workshop will show how to extract colour from the produce, and include some watercolour painting tips for creating your own artwork.
Videos will be released on September 28, October 5 and 12

Food to Palette, Kanika Gupta, 2020

Port Perry – Scugog Council for the Arts and Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation

Established in 2005, the Scugog Council for the Arts is a not-for-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors and is dedicated to providing a strong voice for arts and culture in Scugog Township and to promoting and growing the arts in all areas of the community.

The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation moved into southern Ontario from their former homeland north of Lake Huron around the year 1700. The Mississaugas are a branch of the greater Ojibwa Nation, one of the largest Indigenous groups in Canada.

Scugog Arts will be working with the nearby Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation community to host, a multi-part program series on Indigenous language and food.

Chef Tamara Green will be hosting a digital cooking lesson using pre-colonial ingredients and methods.

Matthew Stevens from the Mississauguas of Scugog Island First Nation, will teach the meaning behind common Anisinaabe words and paint a picture of how they have shaped language today. He will also be sharing his thoughts about Indigenous identity in Canada

Tamara Green, Scugog Council for the Arts, 2020


Sault Ste Marie – Art Gallery of Algoma and Indigenous Friendship Centre

The Art Gallery of Algoma honours its roots as a community organization with its mission celebrating culture, educating visitors and enriching lives through the visual art. The AGA’s vision is to be a premiere visual arts institution in northern Ontario, gaining national recognition and international partnerships.

The Indigenous Friendship Centre (IFC) in Sault Ste. Marie was incorporated in 1972 as a not-for-profit corporation for Urban lndigenous people. The Friendship Centre Movement (FCM) is the country’s most significant off-reserve Indigenous service delivery infrastructure.

Community members from the Sault Ste Marie Indigenous Friendship Centre (IFC) have been busy all summer to create traditional Ribbon Shirts and Skirts. The makers of each new piece will model their creation at the Art Gallery of Algoma in a photo shoot with Kevanna Studios. Photos will be released on October 14 alongside an article about the project, with interviews from the IFC Director, Cathy Syrette, and Cultural Coordinator, Dallas Abitong.

Sault Ste Marie Ribbon Shirts and Skirts, Kevanna Studios, 2020


Whitby – Lynde House Museum

The Whitby Historical Society is an organization actively dedicated to the preservation of history and heritage by providing a variety of community outreach and educational programs. In an agreement with the Town of Whitby, the Whitby Historical Society also operates the Lynde House Museum, sustaining an extensive collection of historical artifacts, and acts as an archive for both the written and pictorial history of Whitby and Southern Ontario.

Lynde House Museum will be producing a series of videos on early settler heritage activities that viewers can follow along at home. Videos will include wool spinning, how to make a yarn doll, and baking traditional Darby cakes.

Lynde House Museum, Whitby, Courtesy of the Whitby Historical Society
Lynde House Museum, Whitby Historical Society, 2019


Culture Days @ the Toronto Public Library

As part of our ongoing partnership with TPL, we will be hosting five live digital programs throughout the Culture Days festival.


Artists are:

Ballet Creole

Living Hyphen

Naomi Smith

Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony

Sage Tyrtle


Learn more about the full Culture Days @ the Library program here 


Feature photo: Indigenous Ribbon Shirts and Skirts Program, Sault Ste Marie Indigenous Friendship Centre & Art Gallery of Algoma, Photo Credit: Kevanna Studios, 2020