For the past eight years, Arts Milton has hosted Milton Culture Days. On the last weekend of September each year, in partnership with the Town of Milton and hundreds of local Activity Organizers, Arts Milton has opened the doors of the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton to thousands of community members. Together they have enjoyed a wide selection of free arts and culture activities.
In 2020, it was clear that this type of gathering was not going to be possible. But Arts Milton did not disappoint Miltonians! This year’s Milton Culture Days consisted of 80 activities over a four-week period from September 25 – October 25. Offerings included a mix of outdoor on-site events, pre-recorded activities, livestreamed workshops and self-guided challenges.
This year’s Annual Arts Milton Culture Days Community Project was taken to the streets – Main Street in Downtown Milton to be exact. Local artists Angela Ferguson and Aparna Rangnekar, along with Arts Milton volunteers, invited passersby to contribute to the completion of three “Tree of Life” sculptures. The sculptures were constructed of lumber donated by Milton Home Hardware, and stand 5-6 feet high. The final works are decorated with flowing fabric strips donated by Oh Look, Fabric! and the Halton Hills Quilters’ Guild.
Arts Milton also partnered with PFLAG Halton during Milton Culture Days to commission artist JR Marr to complete a geometric rainbow coloured mural with a message of inclusion and diversity. The 8 x 8 foot mural was painted over three weekends and is now on display for the public to visit and photograph at 16 Hugh Street.
Other outdoor and self-guided Culture Days activities included Nature Art in Victoria Park with artist Angela Ferguson, a Milton Photo Challenge with Martin Creative Lens, and three travelling curbside concerts hosted by Arts Milton and Rick Imus Music Studio featuring The Vaudevillian. The jugband tunes from this award winning 1930’s band tickled audiences from one end of Milton to the other.
Livestreamed workshops and presentations were presented mainly through platforms such as Facebook Live and Zoom, and featured dance lessons, art classes, music creation, philosophy sessions, book readings, technology workshops and culinary demonstrations.
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