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Showcase your artistic talents in the Markham Creates Community Challenge

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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MARKHAM, ON – May 26, 2020  – Got talent? As we work together (while apart) to conquer COVID-19, the City of Markham wants residents to unleash their creativity virtually through the Markham Creates Community Challenge.

The Flato Markham Theatre, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Markham Museum and the Markham Public Library have joined forces to create this unique opportunity for the community. Submit for a chance to access exclusive mentorship with Canadian artists and industry professionals, and to have your work showcased by a recognized cultural institution!

“The City of Markham is thrilled to be offering our community a creative outlet during this time of physical distancing,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “History has shown that during times of great strife, creativity blooms. After all, Shakespeare did write King Lear while in quarantine during the Plague! We have opened up this wonderful opportunity to all forms of creativity, whether it's via the performing arts, visual arts, exhibit design or creative writing, we welcome all to participate. Let's get creative, Markham!” The Markham Creates Community Challenge is divided into four artistic categories:


  1. Performing Arts
  2. Visual Arts
  3. Exhibit Design
  4. Creative Writing


While we continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by physical distancing, the community arts challenge will host virtual activations including live streams, online displays, workshops and master classes for everyone to enjoy.


Categories:

1. Performing Arts: The Flato Markham Theatre is calling on all residents of Markham, including vocalists, dancers, singers, actors, choral groups and other talented members, to submit an online performance. Finalists will receive a mentorship program of three one-on-one coaching sessions in their respective discipline, at least one master class or workshop with a professional artist, along with a unique opportunity to perform live on stage at the Flato Markham Theatre! Mentors include:



2. Visual Arts: The Varley Art Gallery of Markham invites artists to submit current work in a paint medium, created within the last 12 months, along with an artist’s statement. Finalists will have a chance to be mentored by senior artist, John Abrams, virtually meet with the Director of the Varley Art Gallery, Niamh O’Laoghaire and experience a virtual studio visit with the award-winning Varley Curator, Anik Glaude. Finalists will also have their work in a virtual display on the City website.

3. Exhibit Design: The Markham Museum invites the community to creatively relate the story of their family’s settlement and/or life in Markham using words, images and family ‘artifacts.’ Finalists will be mentored by curator, Janet Reid, exhibit designer, Mark Scheibmayr, and the Museum programmer, Andrea Carpenter. Finalists will also have the opportunity to exhibit and showcase their work at the Markham Museum and in a virtual display on the City and Markham Museum websites.

4. Creative Writing: The Markham Public Library calls all writers to submit one piece of original, unpublished creative writing centred around their experience arriving, settling or living in Markham. Submissions can take the form of a short story or poem. Finalists will be provided with the opportunity to learn from professionals in the writing community, such as Missy Marston, author of last year’s Markham Reads selection, as well as, Ariana Ferrone, author and Community Librarian, Culture and Creativity. Works will be showcased by the Library and other culture venues, as well as be part of an eBook that will be available through the Library’s digital collection.

The deadline to submit to the Markham Creates Community Challenge is Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT. Five finalists from each category will be chosen.

For more information, visit markham.ca/creates.

COVID-19 will continue to impact Markham and the world throughout the coming months and our City will continue to work with all levels of government, our community and local businesses to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and get through this challenging time together.

For more information on the City of Markham’s COVID-19 response and service adjustments, please ask our Virtual Web Assistant at markham.ca/covid19 or Virtual Telephone Assistant at 1.833.926.0929.



MARKHAM, ON – May 26, 2020  – Got talent? As we work together (while apart) to conquer COVID-19, the City of Markham wants residents to unleash their creativity virtually through the Markham Creates Community Challenge.

The Flato Markham Theatre, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Markham Museum and the Markham Public Library have joined forces to create this unique opportunity for the community. Submit for a chance to access exclusive mentorship with Canadian artists and industry professionals, and to have your work showcased by a recognized cultural institution!

“The City of Markham is thrilled to be offering our community a creative outlet during this time of physical distancing,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “History has shown that during times of great strife, creativity blooms. After all, Shakespeare did write King Lear while in quarantine during the Plague! We have opened up this wonderful opportunity to all forms of creativity, whether it's via the performing arts, visual arts, exhibit design or creative writing, we welcome all to participate. Let's get creative, Markham!” The Markham Creates Community Challenge is divided into four artistic categories:


  1. Performing Arts
  2. Visual Arts
  3. Exhibit Design
  4. Creative Writing


While we continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by physical distancing, the community arts challenge will host virtual activations including live streams, online displays, workshops and master classes for everyone to enjoy.


Categories:

1. Performing Arts: The Flato Markham Theatre is calling on all residents of Markham, including vocalists, dancers, singers, actors, choral groups and other talented members, to submit an online performance. Finalists will receive a mentorship program of three one-on-one coaching sessions in their respective discipline, at least one master class or workshop with a professional artist, along with a unique opportunity to perform live on stage at the Flato Markham Theatre! Mentors include:



2. Visual Arts: The Varley Art Gallery of Markham invites artists to submit current work in a paint medium, created within the last 12 months, along with an artist’s statement. Finalists will have a chance to be mentored by senior artist, John Abrams, virtually meet with the Director of the Varley Art Gallery, Niamh O’Laoghaire and experience a virtual studio visit with the award-winning Varley Curator, Anik Glaude. Finalists will also have their work in a virtual display on the City website.

3. Exhibit Design: The Markham Museum invites the community to creatively relate the story of their family’s settlement and/or life in Markham using words, images and family ‘artifacts.’ Finalists will be mentored by curator, Janet Reid, exhibit designer, Mark Scheibmayr, and the Museum programmer, Andrea Carpenter. Finalists will also have the opportunity to exhibit and showcase their work at the Markham Museum and in a virtual display on the City and Markham Museum websites.

4. Creative Writing: The Markham Public Library calls all writers to submit one piece of original, unpublished creative writing centred around their experience arriving, settling or living in Markham. Submissions can take the form of a short story or poem. Finalists will be provided with the opportunity to learn from professionals in the writing community, such as Missy Marston, author of last year’s Markham Reads selection, as well as, Ariana Ferrone, author and Community Librarian, Culture and Creativity. Works will be showcased by the Library and other culture venues, as well as be part of an eBook that will be available through the Library’s digital collection.

The deadline to submit to the Markham Creates Community Challenge is Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT. Five finalists from each category will be chosen.

For more information, visit markham.ca/creates.

COVID-19 will continue to impact Markham and the world throughout the coming months and our City will continue to work with all levels of government, our community and local businesses to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and get through this challenging time together.

For more information on the City of Markham’s COVID-19 response and service adjustments, please ask our Virtual Web Assistant at markham.ca/covid19 or Virtual Telephone Assistant at 1.833.926.0929.