Did you know that Canoo is a project of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a small non-profit organization? Many of the venues and other partners that we work with are also not-for-profit organizations. A great way to say “thank you” to these organizations is to volunteer and participate in the arts and culture community.

There are many volunteer opportunities available at your local museum, art gallery, theatre, or other cultural venue. For example, the Ottawa Art Gallery has volunteer councils that discuss and organize programs. Check for volunteer postings on the website of the venue you’d like to support, or ask in person during your next visit.

Attending events is another easy way to support these organizations. Art galleries often have tours of their new exhibits, such as the guided tours at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver happening throughout September. Panel talks and discussions, like the Reading Room: Queen’s Park Oral History Transcriptions organized by the Gardiner Museum’s Community Arts Space, are also great events to attend to learn more about art and culture in your community.

Of course, you can also support arts and culture organizations by donating to them. To support Canoo, donate to the Institute for Canadian Citizenship here.

All the best,
Anja, Canoo’s Membership Officer

1.Esker Foundation (Calgary, AB)
2. Foundation Phi (Montreal, QC)
3. Artspace (Peterborough, ON)
4. Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, BC)
5. Parkdale-Maplewood Community Museum (Parkdale, NS)
6. Polygon Gallery (Vancouver, BC)

Guided exhibition tours at the Contemporary Art Gallery
Enjoy a range of free guided tours at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, this month to learn all about current exhibitions by Maryam Jafri: Automatic Negative Thought and Rolande Souliere: Frequent Stopping IV and V.
1. September 5, 12:30 p.m.: Thursday Lunch Time Tour with CAG Assistant Curator Julia Lamare
2. September 8, 3:00 p.m.: Exhibition Tour in Mandarin with Katharine Meng-Yuan Yi
3. September 12, 6: 00 p.m.: Curatorial Tour with CAG Curator Kimberly Phillips

Volunteer on the Wise or Youth Council at the OAG
The Ottawa Art Gallery’s youth council, Départ, meets monthly to discuss and organize programs that highlight and support the creative potential of the next generation of arts leaders. ArtWise gives older adults in the Ottawa region the opportunity to collaborate with peers and create OAG programming.  ArtWise meets regularly as a volunteer programming council to discuss art, society, and the issues that matter most to the group. Both are free to join.

Harvest Festival at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Join the Black Creek Pioneer Village in celebrating the start of the fall at the Harvest Festival. On September 21, visit the Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto for harvest-themed, family-friendly activities, as well as the Toronto Mennonite Festival. The Toronto Mennonite Festival is a fundraiser for the Mennonite Central Committee’s work of relief, community development, and peacebuilding locally and world-wide. Learn more on the Black Creek Pioneer Village website.

Community Arts Space at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto
The Gardiner Museum’s Community Arts Space is a platform for experimentation and socially-engaged art. Community Arts Space: What we long for showcases four public projects that engage with community healing, survival tools, transformative justice, the gaps between community and institutional memory, and how craft creates opportunities for acknowledgment and action. Join them for Reading Room: Queen’s Park Oral History Transcriptions, a discussion of anonymous transcripts from artist Abdi Osman’s oral history research around cruising encounters in Queen’s Park. Learn more here.

Join Parkslife
Parks Canada invites youth to get involved through Parkslife! Parkslife is a youth collective dedicated to sharing our country’s natural and cultural gems with other youth. Through creative storytelling and exciting activities, they are committed to facilitating and empowering young Canadians to celebrate and experience first-hand Canada’s amazing nature and history. Learn more here.

Meet Canoo member Naleem, who explains that the Canoo program allows new citizens like her to appreciate the many cultures of this country. “Because the entry is free for [many different] museums and galleries, it lets you [experience] all cultures that exist in Canada,” she says, “It makes you appreciate and value different cultures within Canada and that are part of your community. ‘It’s easy to make friends when you know about them.’” Learn more about Naleem’s experience with Canoo here.

Attend a citizenship ceremony this month
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship invites you to attend a citizenship ceremony organized by us; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and other partners. Every month, we co-host ceremonies across the country in public spaces that you can attend as a guest for free. Celebrate with us at some of our upcoming ceremonies:
1. The Newcomer Day at Cambridge Centre for the Arts in Cambridge, ON, on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
2. The 519 in Toronto, ON, on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
3. Banff Center for the Arts on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
4. In partnership with The Girl Guides of Canada Quebec Council and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau School in Montreal, QC, on September 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
5. Corus in Toronto, ON, on September 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

London Symphonia partners with Canoo
The London Symponia has partnered with Canoo to offer new Canadian citizens free tickets to symphony performances in London, ON. London Symphonia is committed to performing vibrant and bold musical experiences for London and the region. Their vision includes a commitment to artistic excellence, music education, and strong community partnerships. Canoo members in London, be sure to check your email for offers from the London Symphonia.

Volunteer at 6 Degrees Toronto
6 Degrees is the global forum for inclusion. A project of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, we bring people together from around the world, challenge assumptions, and find solutions and actions to counter growing divisions in society. We are looking for volunteers for our upcoming 6 Degrees event, taking place September 23-25, in Toronto. It takes a mighty team to put on this unique event. Volunteer roles offer a great opportunity to experience the inner workings of a large-scale event on inclusion and citizenship. We are looking for driven, organized, and friendly volunteers to be an integral part of making all three days a success! Click here to sign up as a volunteer!

Work at the federal election in October
Are you excited about voting in your first federal election? This fall, there are ways to get even more involved than casting your vote. You can actually be a part of the local team that manages the voting in your community! By being a friendly face at the polling station, you help other people feel comfortable and confident when they vote. You have the chance to make voting more welcoming and accessible to your community. Not only that, you get paid for working at a federal election! Learn more on the Elections Canada Inspire Democracy website.