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PRAC Updates June 16, 2020


Happy Fathers’ Day

Have you visited many of the online studio and gallery tours?
Angie Littlefield ~
Fine Kettle of Friends
Canadians have a romantic image of the painter Tom Thomson as a solitary individual, paddling alone through the wilds of Ontario, vigorously sketching scenes from nature that he would convert into large oil canvasses at his Toronto studio—a man thoroughly, even exclusively, dedicated to his art, totally immersed in the creation of what have become iconic images of the Canadian landscape.

Amanda Hale ~
Mad Hatter
Author of Mad Hatter, The Reddening Path, My Sweet Curiosity, In the Embrace of the Alligator.
Learn about Amanda Hale’s progress from self-published chapbooks to small publishers and now to mid-sized independent publisher, Guernica Editions, for her blockbuster novel The Mad Hatter.

Read more on page 10 HERE
Page 10 of May/June ArtScene

The Writing Room

A Legacy: Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge & COVID-19
First printed in Silver Sage Magazine, March 20, 2020
by Lucy E.M. Black
We are living in challenging and uncertain times. Many despair about those things that we are being asked to refrain from doing, and many of us are in self-imposed quarantine. Read more on page 9 HERE

Also on page 9 of the May/June issue of ArtScene PRAC Paeans

Canada Day

Durham Tourism -- Durham Region, Ontario, Canada

#DurhamRegion has partnered with all eight local-tier municipalities to host the first virtual #CanadaDay event to celebrate our community’s diverse range of local talent and unique attractions. Tune in on July 1st from 2pm-5pm to celebrate Canada Day the Durham Way

Scugog Arts

Exhibition of Work
by Lake Scugog Studio Tour Artists
Over 50 artists were very disappointed that they couldn't welcome you to their studios on the first weekend of May, so we've got a lovely selection of work for you to peruse for the month of June. Drop in to see work by Neil Olorenshaw, David ClubineKirsty NarayMarion MeyersLinda VirioJennifer RossGordon RossSaundra ReinerRuth GreenlawGordon ReidtDianne Karg BaronCathy Lombard and Jeremy LePageMila Haynos-Owen, the Chair of the Tour, has been posting a virtual tour on Facebook, with one artist featured every day since the beginning of May,  so check out their page, or if you're an Instagram user you'd like the virtual tour created by tour artist Hanna Mark - so follow this group on Instagram. You can check out all of the tour artists on this website.
Click on any of the links above to see more or to follow the tour.
  • 175B Queen Street, Port Perry

The Burtynsky Grant


2020 Burtynsky Grant
Deadline Extended! September 28, 2020

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT are requesting submissions for the 2020 Burtynsky Grant—a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook.

Established in 2016, this grant is intended for photo-based artists who are in the advanced stages of developing a cohesive, rigorous body of work presented in book form. The jury is looking for submissions from those that have created a book dummy and who have had little to no prior opportunity to self-publish or work with a publisher. You must be a Canadian citizen or resident to be eligible.

Luminato Festival Toronto: Virtual 2020 was streaming for free this weekend! Bringing more than 70 artists to audiences around the world, the festival will feature theatre, music, film, dance, conversation and more from June 11-13.

Are you zooming?

Last week I took an introductory training workshop with zoom. Here's the details.

Want to view this training session again or share it with your colleagues or friends?
Please use the following URL:

Download the Zoom Meetings Training reference guide from this page:

COVID-19 Support Information:
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If you would like to learn more about Zoom services and features, please visit, where you can search articles, watch training videos, and contact our team for assistance with your questions.

We hope you have a great week. Thank you again for coming to our training session.

Kind regards,
Zoom Training Team 

Is the Digital Strategy Fund right for you?

Do you have a digital initiative in mind for strategic, collaborative work that will have a broad impact on the arts sector or at the community level?

Latcham Art Centre

The Homegrown Collection - final edition

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who shared the 185 pieces of artwork with us over the past 12 weeks! I hope that it has provided inspiration, motivation and the sense of community that we've all needed. The creativity is going to continue over the summer, so stay tuned for our next community project coming up!

Digital Doors Open Ontario

Join the Ontario Heritage Trust, Doors Open Ontario and its many partners throughout 2020 on a virtual journey across the province as we open Ontario’s doors – online!
Discover Digital Doors Open Ontario through the virtual experiences on this page, featuring many of Ontario’s treasured places and the stories behind their doors that draw us together and inspire our strong sense of community – even while we are physically distancing. Virtual experiences for sites on this page include photo tours, virtual tours, videos, searchable collections, and online games and activities.
New content is being added regularly to this website. Bookmark this page and continue the digital journey through these fascinating Ontario buildings and landscapes. 

Pickering Library

TD Summer Reading Club (birth to 12 yrs)

It's that time of year again!
This summer, the Reading Club theme is Game On! Let's cheer each other on as we achieve our personal best. We can play on a team, knowing we're better together, or play on our own to see how far we can go. Learn and make new friends through Stay at Home virtual events at Pickering Public Library. Check out recommended reads, review books, track your reading, and share your learning with friends and library staff.
Registration starts Monday, June 15 at 9:30 am. Visit for details and registration.

Hope to see you there!


Employment Opportunities

City of Pickering
Wanted: Mechanic, Municipal Garage ($35.29/hr to $39.21/hr).
Apply by July 3, 2020
Culture Counts - City of Oshawa

The City of Oshawa has launched a new call for artists! We're seeking artists of all ages to take part in our temporary banner project in recognition of Lakeview Park's 100th anniversary. For more information and the application form, visit

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