Watch on November 19 @ 7 pm
Laurier Library producing ‘Love in the Time of COVID’ video featuring the work of Waterloo Region artists
Watch the promo video!
WATERLOO – As social distancing measures continue to create challenges for members of the arts community, the Wilfrid Laurier University Library is curating a virtual exhibition featuring Waterloo Region artists. On Nov. 19, the Laurier Library will release a compilation video on YouTube called Love in the Time of COVID featuring creative submissions from more than 20 local arts organizations.
“During this pandemic, people have turned to the arts community to feel joy and love and connected to society,” said Isabel Cisterna, manager of cultural programming and community engagement at the Laurier Library. “Waterloo Region boasts excellent musicians, innovative theatre, diverse visual artists, dancers, singers, poets, writers and community leaders. This is our way of elevating artists in our community while also raising our national and international profile.”
Cisterna has invited organizations to participate in Love in the Time of COVID by recording videos of art they have produced. The organizations include:
Bring on the Sunshine Caribbean and African Festival
City of Kitchener
City of Waterloo
Flush Ink Productions
K-W Multicultural Festival
Laurier Faculty of Music
Laurier Indigenous Initiatives
Laurier Library MakerSpace
Laurier Women Entrepreneurship Centre
Martin Luther University College
Pat the Dog Theatre
Robert Langen Art Gallery
Sun Life Waterloo Busker Carnival
Sun Life Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival
The Jazz Room
“This is akin to sending a love letter from our artists to our community,” said Cisterna. “We are compiling a media quilt of art in Waterloo Region.”
The video will be available free of charge on the Laurier YouTube channel on Thursday, Nov. 19.
In April we announced that Neruda Arts will be unable to present Kultrún World Music Festival, scheduled for July 2020. We, like the rest of the world, are reacting to an unprecedented situation. Rather than cancel, or postpone the festival, in these challenging times, we have risen to the challenge, and we have reinvented and transformed Kultrún.
Kultrún Corona, will be an entirely different creature. The staff at Neruda Arts' has been working behind the scenes to make sure we can continue to provide you with excellent music, exciting events and interactive workshops. Imagine Kultrún in three exciting parts.
➢ SECLUSION INCLUSION – Many of the interactive workshops scheduled for Kultrún, and some new ones, will be live-streamed on the Internet. Focused on teaching, learning, sharing – for the entire family.
➢ URGNT TRNTO is part of MacLean's Magazine's live concert series. Neruda Arts, as part of Kultrún Corona, will be presenting four live-streaming concerts, beginning with Alex Cuba, a Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter who sings in Spanish and English. Alex has won two Juno Awards for World Music Album of the Year.
➢ SOUNDS OF THE WORLD – In the fall, several of the artists scheduled to appear at Kultrún, will be presented as live concerts.
Some of the dates of our other events have been moved. We don't know how long travel restrictions will be in place but the beautiful thing about Canada is it's multiculturalism, and we know we can hire bands from within our own country that represent the world of music.
It's important that we remain focused on our goal – to build cultural bridges in our community. It is important to us that we pay artists during this time, and celebrate the talent around us.
We wish the very best to you, and those you love. These are challenging times, and for many of us, the most challenging times. They will define who we are. Take heart, for the Earth is healing a little from its own virus - us. Take heart that when this is over, we will all have more respect for life, each other, health workers, front line workers and toilet paper.
Be safe. Remain hopeful. And don't stop loving. Together, we will get through this.
What we do:
Neruda Arts works to develop a community that dignifies, supports, and interacts with new and established artists from a wide range of artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds. Neruda Arts introduces audiences to exceptional world music artists from across Canada and from around the world.
Neruda Arts also reaches out to the community by collaborating with other arts, culture and social service organizations to offer interactive activities, programs for youth, professional development workshops for artists, expressive art therapy workshops, and to bring on board many enthusiastic volunteers.
Be a supporter:
As a non-profit organization, we rely on several fund-raising activities, including the operation of our store, Kultrun Market in St Jacobs, sponsorships, grants and donations. Your donation or subscription would be gratefully appreciated.