Throughout this pandemic year we have all been forced to find different ways of adapting. Particularly, we have embraced digital resources as a means of working, learning, and connecting with others. Guelph Arts Council understands the impact the pandemic has had on the arts community, and this has accelerated our move towards a new online space that will take the place of the current guelpharts.ca website. We are excited to announce the new Guelph Arts Hub, which is on track to launch in mid to late May 2021.
Guelph Arts Hub will:
- Replace the current guelpharts.ca website
- Be an accessible, user-friendly, and mobile-friendly site
- Be a collaborative space for a diverse community of artists
- Enhance artists’ profiles and increase their online sales and geographical reach
- Be a platform to share artists’ and arts partners’ digital content
- Be an environment to share digital programming, live and recorded
- Connect members through online forums
- Provide a robust arts calendar and search tool
- Amplify GAC’s arts education role
GAC began researching a new digital strategy through a survey and focus groups in 2019. The feedback allowed us to identify where our website falls short of current standards, including search capabilities, ease of access to key digital resources, and AODA compliance. Since then, the vision for Guelph Arts Hub has evolved beyond addressing these issues. It will be a comprehensive online destination for artists, organizations, and the broader community to connect, share and collaborate.
Guelph Arts Council has always acted as a hub space for the Guelph-Wellington arts community. An aim of the new website is to achieve this role through an online environment. When searching for resources, artists need not look further than the Guelph Arts Hub. Its comprehensive resource directory will list opportunities, guides, organizations, and other content provided by GAC and partners.
GAC’s current website is limited in its functionality to share content. The new Hub will provide a better way for artist members to share and sell their work, connect with each other online through forums, and for organizations to share their events, opportunities, and resources.
For the broader community, especially those wanting to experience what Guelph-Wellington has to offer for arts and culture, the website will allow visitors to watch and book performances, view and purchase artwork, and learn about upcoming events.
GAC is partnering with organizations to increase the resources available on the site, and to make it a lively environment with new content appearing regularly. Jeremy Luke Hill, Publisher and Managing Director at Vocamus Writers Community, expresses their support for the project, “Vocamus Writers Community is excited to be partnering with Guelph Arts Council on its new digital culture hub, a platform that will provide greater exposure for Guelph-area writers, books, launches, readings, reviews, and literary events.” If your organization is interested in being a content partner, we would love to hear from you.
GAC is working with Guelph web designer Barking Dog Studios and acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. What's more, two new temporary staff members, Michael Crha and Elly Grant, have been brought on to help bring the project to its pre-launch stage. We are also grateful for our volunteers who have helped bring it towards fulfillment.
We still need support from you, the arts community, to truly achieve our goals. For ways you can get involved, either as an artist or organizational partner, please consult our Guelph Arts Hub project page:
About Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world. The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable
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