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1 ideaexchange.org LESSONS BY WATER, REFLECTIONS BY FIRE INTRODUCING PRESSREADER WOOLLY WONDERS: SHARE THE WARMTH STAY & PLAY: THE POWER OF PLAY MAGAZINE WINTER 2020 ideaexchange.org
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- Winter 2020 HOW TO REGISTER ideaexchange.org/programs-events 519.621.0460 In person at any Idea Exchange location _ _ VISIT IDEA EXCHANGE Get Social with Idea Exchange Twitter: @IdeaXchng Facebook: Idea Exchange Instagram: @IdeaXchng Dundas St. N. Coronation Blvd. King St. E. Hwy 8 Hwy 401 Queen St. le Main St. Main St. Eagle St. Bishop St. Pinebush Rd. Fountain St. Avenue Rd. Clyde Rd. Saginaw Pkwy Elgin St. N Tannery St. Park Hill Rd. W Maple Grove Rd. George St.
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3 ideaexchange.org I grew up in northern Ontario and I remember one year that we had four snow days in one month. Amazing! It was exciting to have the day off school and to play in the newly fallen snow. Little did I know then that play was so important. See the article Stay & Play: The Power of Play in this issue of the magazine to find out how play builds literacy, empathy, motor skills, and more. More than 50 years after it was published, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, continues to captivate young readers and celebrate play. It also reminds adult readers of the pleasures of walking in fresh snow, making snow angels, and packing a really good snowball.
Borrow it in print or as an e-book and welcome winter one more time.
Helen Kelly, CEO, Idea Exchange SNOW DAY FAMILY MINUTE TO WIN IT DAY 10:30am – 3:30pm, PR Play Minute to Win It style games. It's kids vs. grown-ups with prizes for the winners. FAMILY DAY FUN 10:30am – 3:30pm, HE Drop by the Switch Gaming Central, Junior Board Game Zone or Engineering Alley for some fun. FAMILY MUSIC MANIA 10:30am – 3:30pm, OPO We're crazy about music. Explore new sounds, create a musical craft, and make rockin' tunes. FAMILY ART ADVENTURE 11:00am – 2:00pm, QS Let’s get adventurous with hands-on activities sure to delight aspiring artists of all ages. BUILD IT, SMASH IT 1:00 – 3:00pm, OPO Calling all builders and designers.
Explore some amazing building materials. Half the fun is smashing your creation when you're done. FAMILY DAY MAGIC 12:00 – 4:00pm, CM Fun activities for the whole family with a performance by magician Scott Boyd at 2:00pm.
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- Winter 2020 One app. Thousands of newspapers and magazines. Free with your Idea Exchange card. Get started by visiting: ideaexchange.org/pressreader ADULT & TEENS – FEES Materials Loan Holds Renew Fines Max. Fine Books/Book on CD 3 Weeks Yes Yes $0.30/Day $9.00 New DVDs 1 Day No No $2.00/Day $16.00 Older DVDs 7 Days Yes Yes $2.00/Day $16.00 Music CDs 7 Days Yes Yes $0.30/Day $9.00 Rapid Reads 7 Day No No $0.30/Day $9.00 Video Games 7 Days Yes Yes $2.00/Day $16.00 Book Club in a Bag 6 Weeks Yes No $2.00/Day $16.00 Unusual Stuff to Borrow: Loan Periods and Fines vary. CHILDREN’S – FEES Materials Loan Holds Renew Fines Max. Fine DVDs 7 Days Yes Yes $2.00/Day $16.00 Music CDs 7 Days Yes Yes $0.30/Day $9.00 Story CDs 3 Weeks Yes Yes $0.30/Day $6.00 Boardbooks 3 Weeks No Yes $0.15/Day $4.50 All other items 3 Weeks Yes Yes $0.15/Day $4.50 Telephone Renewal: 519.740.3000 Learn more about becoming an Idea Exchange member at ideaexchange.org/membership BORROWING
5 ideaexchange.org Woolly Wonders is a new program at Idea Exchange, Clemens Mill that gives knitters and crocheters a space to create something special for someone in need. Knitters and crocheters are invited to join fellow crafters for a chance to practice their skills, meet members of the community, and share their passion. All items created during this program will be donated to people who may need a little extra warmth this winter season. A selection of books will be available for inspiration, as well as some easy patterns for beginners to follow. If you are new to the world of knitting, a scarf is a perfect place to start.
More experienced knitters may want to consider making hats, mittens, or socks. Attendees are asked to bring materials such as yarn, crochet hooks, and knitting needles.
Contributors will have the opportunity to display their creations on the Giving Tree at Idea Exchange, Clemens Mill. These items will then be donated to various charities in our community in the days leading up to Christmas and throughout the winter to share the warmth. Woolly Wonders Mondays: Dec. 2 – Mar. 2 3:30 – 4:30pm, CM A place where you can knit or crochet something for someone in need. Bring your own yarn, needles, and hooks. WOOLLY WONDERS: SHARE THE WARMTH By Jennifer Booth Using CanadaHelps.ca, donors can give when they want, as much as they like, and in the manner that best suits them.
Donate quickly, securely, and conveniently online. For more details on donating to Idea Exchange, visit ideaexchange.org/donate GIVING MADE SIMPLE
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- Winter 2020 PLAY! We know it builds literacy, creativity, curiosity, empathy, and other life skills. In following Idea Exchange’s vision to “create an environment of curiosity and discovery through the exploration of the arts and new technologies,” our spaces need to reflect our dedication to play and discovery-based learning. We know that early learning is developed through play, but it is not only children that benefit from hands-on learning experiences; adults also learn through exploration. This is why you’ll find tables with puzzles, board games, adult colouring sheets, building toys, and technology when you visit an Idea Exchange location. More importantly, you’ll find people playing and learning together.
Idea Exchange believes in the power of play and interactive learning. We may not always be the experts; we are also the curious, the tinkerer, the novice, and the explorer. We are also here to learn, to play, and to discover. Our goal is to support lifelong learning for our members and for ourselves. As I write this article, five children and two adults are playing a rousing game of Headbanz together. This sort of intergenerational play in our space creates an active environment, alive and full of potential. A place that sparks creativity, innovation, and develops a life-long love of learning for all ages.
This winter, we invite you to our special Stay & Play programs in December and January (see page 22 for details). With new hands-on activity stations set up each day in the Children’s areas, there will always be something new to discover and explore. No registration required – drop-in and PLAY with us! By Andrea Siemens, Manager, Youth Services STAY & PLAY: THE POWER OF PLAY
7 More programs at ideaexchange.org 3D Printing Essentials* Saturdays: Jan. 11 and Feb. 22 10:00 – 11:00am, OPO Staff will show you the basics of 3D printing. Memories of Storytime Multimedia Project* Saturday, Jan.
11: 10:30am – 12:30pm, CM Bring new life to story books and childhood art in a multimedia shadowbox. $10.00 + HST Digitize Your Home Videos* Saturday, Jan. 11: 2:00 – 3:00pm, OPO Digitize home movies to preserve your memories. Intro to Laser Cutting* Saturdays: Jan. 18 and Feb. 29 10:00 – 11:00am, OPO Learn about the machine and design basics. Cricut T-Shirt Design* Thursday, Jan. 23: 6:00 – 8:00pm, HE Monday, Feb. 10: 6:00 – 8:00pm, HE Saturday, Feb. 22: 1:00 – 3:00pm, HE Bring a blank shirt and use the Cricut Machine to create a custom design.
- DIY Comfy-Cozy Pillow Cover* Thursday, Jan. 23: 6:30 – 8:00pm, OPO Design and create a stamped pillow cover to cuddle up with this winter. $5.00 + HST Intro to Cricut* Saturdays: Jan. 25 and Mar. 7 10:00am – 11:00am, OPO Make beautiful things with the Cricut Machine. DIY Laser Etched Bookbag* Wednesday, Jan. 29: 6:00 – 8:00pm, OPO Learn how to laser etch a customized bookbag. All materials provided. $2.00 + HST All programs are FREE unless specified. * = registration required, information on page 2. PROGRAMS
- | MAKE + CREATE MAKE + CREATE Make Your Own Pin-Back Button* Saturdays: Feb. 1 and Mar. 14 10:00 – 11:00am, OPO $1.00 per button.
DIY Decorate Your Own Mug* Tuesday, Feb. 4: 6:00 – 8:00pm, OPO Personalize a mug using the Cricut Machine. Bring your own mug, material costs apply. Engrave Your Family Photo on Wood Saturday, Feb. 15: 10:30am – 3:30pm, OPO Staff will help engrave your photo. Please bring photos on a USB drive, $1.00 material cost. Adult Rock Painting Tuesday, Feb. 18: 10:30 – 11:30am, OPO Express yourself with rock painting. All materials provided. Intro to Studio One* Tuesday, Feb. 25: 6:30 – 7:30pm, OPO Learn the ins and outs of PreSonus' Studio One for audio recording and mixing.
DIY Doughnut Pincushions* Saturday, Feb.
29: 2:00 – 4:00pm, PR Sew a felt doughnut pincushion. All materials provided. DIY Virtual Reality Headset* Thursday, Mar. 5: 6:30 – 7:30pm, OPO Build a Google Cardboard to turn your smartphone into a VR platform. Laser Engraving Photos* Saturday, Mar. 28: 10:00 – 11:00am, OPO Learn how to edit your favourite photos to be engraved by the laser cutter.
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- Winter 2020 Ukulele Jam Night Tuesdays: 6:30 – 8:00pm, PR + QS Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:00pm, HE Crochet Club Tuesdays: 6:30 – 8:00pm, QS Knit Together Mondays: 6:30 – 8:00pm, QS Wednesdays: 10:30am – 12:00pm, HE Stitch Together Tuesdays: Dec. 3 – Mar. 3 (excl. holidays) 6:30 – 8:00pm, CM Bring your needlecraft project and work on it with other stitchers at this weekly drop-in. Cambridge Amateur Radio Club Meet-Up Thursdays: Dec. 5 – Feb. 27 (excl. Dec. 26) 6:30 – 8:00pm, OPO Explore and discuss different ways of communicating, from digital to analog radios. Holiday Music & Crafts with Sarah McGrath Sunday, Dec. 8: 2:00 – 3:00pm, CM An afternoon of holiday music, crafts, and delicious hot chocolate.
Global Migration Film Festival* Tuesday, Dec. 10: 6:30 – 8:30pm, OPO A screening of One Way Ticket. Discussion to follow. A Family Afternoon Out with Lighthart Saturday, Dec. 14: 1:00 – 2:00pm, QS Spend the afternoon crafting, drinking hot chocolate, and listening to holiday music performed by Lighthart. Holiday Music & Crafts with Emi-Lee Small Saturday, Dec. 14: 2:00 – 4:00pm, PR An afternoon of holiday music, crafts, and delicious hot chocolate. Board Game Café Thursdays: Jan. 2, Feb. 6, and Mar. 5 6:30 – 10:00pm, HE Fun, friendly, low-tech gaming session for serious and not-so-serious gamers.
Saturday Music Jam Saturdays: Jan. 4, Feb. 1, and Feb. 29 2:30 – 4:30pm, OPO Play an instrument, practice your scales, or jam with fellow musicians. All instruments and singers welcome. French Conversation Circle Saturdays: Jan. 4 – Feb. 29 Mondays: Jan. 6 – Mar. 2 4:00 – 5:00pm, PR Brush up on your French conversation skills in a comfortable setting. Adult Nerf Nite* Fridays: Jan. 10, Feb. 7, and Mar. 6 6:00 – 8:00pm, CM Bring your NERF Blaster and foam darts for an amazing all-library battle.
- Sing Your Heart Out* Thursdays: Jan. 23 – Feb. 27 6:45 – 8:00pm, HE A learn-to-sing program that makes singing fun and accessible. $25.00+ HST MUSIC + MEET UPS PROGRAMS
- | MUSIC + MEET UPS All programs are FREE unless specified. * = registration required, information on page 2. MOVIE MONDAY Film screenings from Kanopy. Check website for titles. Preston: Dec. 30, Jan. 27, and Feb. 24 6:30 – 8:20pm Clemens Mill: Jan. 6, Feb. 3, and Mar. 2 6:00 – 8:00pm Old Post Office: Jan. 20 and Feb. 24 1:30 – 3:30pm
9 More programs at ideaexchange.org UnBook Club Third Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:00pm Check online for locations. Going Back to Hogwarts: A Harry Potter Book Club for Adults Mondays: Jan. 20 and Feb. 10 7:00 – 8:00pm, QS Virtual Reality Drop-In Friday, Jan. 24: 10:00am – 5:00pm, OPO Go on a virtual safari, try the job simulator, or slash along to the beats of your favourite song. Brews and Blasters* Friday, Jan. 24: 6:30pm, QS Adults take over the library for a night of NERF and bevvies. This is a 19+ event. $5.00 + HST Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Saturday, Feb. 1: 1:00 – 5:00pm, QS Join the fun and help create a mosaic picture with Rubik's cubes.
Welcome to Town Drop-In Saturday, Feb. 8: 2:00 – 3:00pm, QS Meet your neighbours, discover the best kept secrets in town, and enjoy a coffee and a chat. So You Think You Know the Library Tour* Saturday, Feb. 8: 3:00 – 4:00pm, QS A re-introduction to the programs, services, and creative opportunities awaiting you in our spaces. Vera Causa Opera Performance Tuesday, Feb. 11: 6:30 – 8:00pm, QS Excerpts from The Dino Opera & Rapunzel. Trivia Night for Adults* Wednesday, Feb. 12: 6:30 – 8:00pm, CM Bring your phone or tablet to participate using Kahoot.
Escape the Music Room* Thursday, Feb.
13: 4:00 – 8:00pm, OPO You have been taken hostage by a troll, figure out which song will lull it to sleep so you can escape. Valentine’s Day Photobooth Friday, Feb. 14: 4:00 – 5:00pm, OPO Bring your loved ones and celebrate Valentine's with some memorable photos. Snowflakes and Keys Saturday, Feb. 22: 2:00 – 4:30pm, QS Local piano and flute students perform in the lobby for your enjoyment. One Seed, One Community Launch Party Saturday, Feb. 22: 2:30 – 3:30pm, PR A celebration with music and family fun. Receive free seeds to plant, harvest, enjoy and give back to the community.
- Narrative 4: Seniors and Teens* Sunday, Feb. 23: 10:00am – 12:00pm, QS Narrative 4 invites you to walk in someone else’s shoes through a guided story exchange. Harry Potter Trivia Night* Friday, Feb. 28: 7:00 – 9:00pm, QS An evening of spellbinding trivia in partnership with Miss. Campbell’s Trivial Soup. $5.00 + HST MUSIC + MEET UPS All programs are FREE unless specified. * = registration required, information on page 2. MONTHLY BOOK CLUBS Clemens Mill: Second Monday, 6:30 – 8:00pm Preston: Last Friday, 9:30- 11:00am Beyond the Book: Third Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:00pm, QS YA Is Not Just For Teens: Third Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:00pm, OPO Check online for titles and dates. PROGRAMS
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- Winter 2020 Anything But Merry* Thursday, Dec. 12: 7:00 – 8:00pm, OPO A community information session acknowledging the difficulties the holiday season can bring and sharing coping strategies to help you through. CTAL: Cambridge Third Age Learning* Thursdays: Jan. 9, Feb. 13, and Mar. 12 10:00am – 12:00pm, Trillium United Church 450 King Street East, Cambridge Lectures on various topics. $8.85 + HST Tell Me What You See: Visual Writing Workshop* Thursday, Jan. 16: 6:00 – 8:00pm, QS Author Caroline Topperman shares how to spark your creativity using pictures and create work based on several prompts.
Introduction to Library Apps* Tuesday, Jan. 21: 10:00 – 11:00am, QS Get started with Libby, PressReader, and Kanopy for tablets. Decluttering After the Holidays* Wednesday, Jan. 22: 6:30 – 7:30pm, OPO Adeilah Dahlke, professional organizer from Jigsaw Organizing Solutions, shares how to tackle the post-holiday clutter. Sound Synthesis* Tuesday, Jan. 28: 6:30 – 7:30pm, OPO Step into the world of digital music creation and learn the basics of synthesizing sound. Digital Media and Happiness Thursday, Jan. 30: 6:00 – 8:00pm, OPO Learn the seven predictors of happiness and the impact digital media may have on you.
Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way* Tuesday, Feb. 4: 3:00 – 4:30pm, QS Join expert Emily Seunarine for this informative session on wills.
Healthy Brains, Healthy Living* Thursday, Feb. 6: 10:30 – 11:30am, OPO Janine Wilson, Alzheimer's Society Education Coordinator, shares how to maintain or improve brain health. My Story: In the Footsteps of Hobbits Saturday, Feb. 15: 2:00 – 3:00pm, PR Jessica Sheff shares photos and anecdotes from an extended trip in New Zealand. Anti-Human Trafficking Info Session* Wednesday, Feb. 19: 6:30 – 8:00pm, QS Learn to recognize signs of human trafficking and ways to support someone who has experienced this terrible form of violence. This event is intended for an adult audience. Repair Café* Saturday, Feb.
22: 1:00 – 5:00pm, PR Fix-it help with local pros.
- Butterflies at rare and Beyond* Wednesday, Mar. 4: 6:30 – 7:30pm, OPO Jenna Quinn from the rare Charitable Research Reserve dives into the awe-inspiring monarch migration. Get the Most from Your Healthcare Appt. Thursday, Mar. 5: 3:00 – 4:00pm, QS Learn to ask the right questions of your doctor or health care provider so you feel confident in taking an active role in your healthcare. LIVE + LEARN All programs are FREE unless specified. * = registration required, information on page 2. PROGRAMS
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11 ideaexchange.org By Shannon Markle Storytelling is about connections.
It transcends generations, stirs our emotions, and promotes togetherness. Through the stories we share, we reveal our passions, shoulder our sadness, celebrate overcoming hardship, and discover a pathway to joy. Most importantly, in more turbulent times, they offer a route to common ground and mutual acceptance. Narrative 4 is a global organization that works across four continents in twelve countries, using a well-honed process called the story exchange to spread empathy and connect people with others. Idea Exchange is excited to be hosting one of the first Narrative 4 workshops in Canada, facilitated by Dr.
Ingrid Brand and Dianna Palmerin. During the workshop, participants are paired together to share a story that defines them. Participants then walk in each other’s shoes by retelling their partner’s story. Sometimes playful, sometimes emotional, this is an afternoon of connection you won’t forget. “We are living through exciting times in which opportunities to connect with others seems difficult to find,” said Dianna Palmerin. “I believe we need to be very intentional not to succumb to these discourses while offering an alternative way of being built around kindness and empathy." Dr. Ingrid Brand added, “Narrative 4 workshops provide tangible steps to build more authentic relationships and deepen diversity and inclusion.” Let’s increase empathy, build connections, and shatter stereotypes in our community together.
This February, Idea Exchange invites seniors and teens to register for our Narrative 4 workshop and broaden their horizons.
NARRATIVE 4: EMPATHY COMES ALIVE THROUGH STORYTELLING Narrative 4: Seniors and Teens* Sunday, Feb. 23: 10:00am – 12:00pm, QS For registration information see page 2.
Thank you to our funders: Jason Baerg, Oyasiwewina, (The Law in Cree), 2016. Acrylic and Tempera on Laser Cut Canvas over 12' x 8' Ladder. Photo by Emile Askey. ART GALLERIES
In September we concluded Common Waters, a community project which featured 16 artists and more than 22 events focused on the theme of water. Activations within this project ranged from workshops that examined mud and microbes in the Grand River to poolside performances, walks, talks, poetry readings, book-making, and the creation of a community research and sharing station.
It concluded with a Harvesting Celebration guided by Andrew Judge, Don Russell, Bill Woodworth, and Christine Lefebvre at rare Charitable Research Reserve. Three sacred fires were lit to honour the ancestors of the land, the blue corn, and the arrival of autumn. The photo on the cover of this magazine is from the third sacred fire where we gathered in the conceptual longhouse for a feast underneath the rise of the full moon. As we celebrated the abundance of the autumn harvest, we also honoured the incredible bounty that this project brought to us and to this community. The full moon signifies changing cycles, turning seasons, and provides a poignant departure from this resonant project into our next programs.
Within the winter cycle, we are presenting a remarkable exhibition that comprises 25 years of artistic output by first-generation Cree Métis new LESSONS BY WATER, REFLECTIONS BY FIRE media artist, Jason Baerg. The exhibition will continue an exploration of themes of Indigenous resilience as well as spiritual and world views. In the new year, we are launching an inaugural program, Young Interpreters, which will focus on providing youth with the opportunity to learn about our exhibitions and to create something in response. The first workshop will focus on Baerg’s exhibition and the use of 2D and 3D art making to express important personal ideas and concerns.
Also, in our efforts to expand access to the themes of exhibitions, we will be launching an interactive Interpretation Station that will have activities and helpful tips for understanding exhibitions, no matter the level of personal knowledge of our visitors.
When we gathered at the third sacred fire at the end of Common Waters, Bill Woodworth emphasized how important community is to the Indigenous way of life – how it has helped them to survive and now to thrive again. Caring for each other, working together, respecting nature, sharing knowledge – these are the same qualities that we will continue to hold and grow within the core of our programming. ® Cambridge Art Galleries By Aidan Ware, Gallery Director
14 This exhibition is presented across two locations: Queen’s Square Gallery and Preston Gallery. The journey through twenty-five years of drawing and painting have found innovative pathways through the conceptual and formal approaches of Cree Métis visual artist Jason Baerg.
Grounded commitments to these mediums have been transformed over time into an expanding field of digital and material experimentations. As first-generation new media artist, Jason Baerg forged unique ways to utilize emergent 2D, 3D, interactive, immersive and fabrication technologies. Conceptual themes of investigation include: Community, Ritual, Urban Migration, Cree Cosmology, Native Relationality, Survivance, An Indigenized Anthropocene, Language Revitalization and Indigenous Futurisms. The dynamic Tawâskweyâw ᑕᐋᐧᐢᑫᐧᔮᐤ / A Path or Gap Among the Trees exhibition presented in two parts at Cambridge Art Galleries, charts key contributions Baerg has made in the first 25 years of his artistic practice, which includes: interactive immersive generative media projection pieces and laser cut painting installations; both of which are some of the first produced and presented anywhere in the world.
This exhibition was initiated at the Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON. JASON BAERG TAWÂSKWEYÂW ᑕᐋᐧᐢᑫᐧᔮᐤ / A PATH AMONG THE TREES October 15, 2019 – March 1, 2020 Queen’s Square Gallery Painting is a sacred bundle that echoes through ancestral time, carry it responsibly and make a meaningful contribution to it. “ ” November 15, 2019 – March 1, 2020 Preston Gallery Jason Baerg, Nomadic Bounce, 2012 – 2019, (Detail of iteration currently on view at Cambridge Art Galleries)
15 Jason Baerg, A Path or Gap Among The Trees, Queen’s Square Gallery Installation Jason Baerg is an Indigenous curator, educator, and visual artist.
Curatorial contributions include developing and implementing the national Métis arts program for the Vancouver Olympics. Baerg graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. Dedicated to community development, he founded and incorporated the Métis Artist Collective and has served as volunteer Chair for such organizations as the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition.
You may have noticed a new feature in the non-fiction section at the Queen’s Square location. A selection of art and exhibition catalogues from Canadian galleries, including some from Cambridge Art Galleries, are now available to be checked out by members. The collection is searchable in the catalogue. Books can be borrowed for up to three weeks (with two renewals) and placed on hold. You can search one of the following tags to bring up the list: “Canadian Art Galleries” or “Cambridge Art Gallery” or “Canadian Galleries.” Get started with some recommendations from our staff: NEW GALLERY AND EXHIBITION CATALOGUES COLLECTION ART BOOKS FROM CANADIAN GALLERIES Bonnie Devine, La Ràbida, Soul of Conquest: An Anishinaabe Encounter "Charting Devine’s research into the impacts of colonization and an attempted erasure of Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas.
Developed from extensive travels and based on sources dating back to 15th century, Devine exposes many hard truths and provides access to little know historical figures along with a personal reflection on the impact of her findings." – Iga Dianne Bos, The Sleeping Green: No Man’s Land 100 Years Later “Bos’ work seeks to reveal traces of past trauma embedded within the landscape. The writings and images within this exhibition catalogue contemplate the impact and remnants of WWI, 100 years on.” – Karly Lois Andison, relay “It’s a beautiful book; the design and presentation of Lois’ work, through the book itself and the accompanying essays, brings the reader intimately close to the exhibitions, elevating the reading experience to be beyond documentation towards an immersive experience.” – Matthew Join us for some fun on Family Day Weekend as we launch our new Interpretation Station, a self-guided activity station for families.
Enjoy activation cards that bring our exhibitions to life in new ways, and help families look at and talk about contemporary art.
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17 Printmaking: Pick, Stick and Stamp Sunday, Jan. 26: 1:30 – 3:30pm, CM Instructor: Donna Stewart Adventurous artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to try their hand at printmaking. Use collage to build a tile from the different shapes and textured materials provided. Then, experiment with colour and repetition to create your own unique printed designs. Colourful Chemical Reactions Sunday, March 29: 1:30 – 3:30pm, QS Instructor: Barbara Hobot Experiment with materials and produce colourful chemical reactions on paper.
Artist Barbara Hobot will lead you through different “reaction stations” where chemicals come together to create unexpected results.
- Marketing strategist and Business Coach Lacey Heels will share how starting a podcast with the right strategy, clarity, and purpose can help you elevate your life and business as well. $10 + HST. Ages 18+ PROGRAMS
- | ART ACCESS Family Art Adventure: Tree Ring Print Saturday, Feb. 15: 11:00am – 2:00pm, QS Instructor: Marko Barakoski Capture the pattern and passage of time stamped within trees using an array of color options. Discover nature’s beauty as you create a detailed wood grain relief print from locally felled logs.
ART ACCESS Cambridge Art Galleries invites everyone - all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds - to participate in this free art making workshop series led by local professional artists.
This program offers creative space for diverse voices, experimentation, and fun within art-making. FAMILY DAY WEEKEND
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- Winter 2020 MAKE & TAKE WORKSHOPS Moccasins* Sunday, Dec. 8: 1:00 – 5:00pm, QS Instructor: Christine Lefebvre Express yourself and be creative making your own extremely durable, all-season footwear guided by a local Indigenous Knowledge Keeper. Ages 18+ Holiday Ornament with Play with Clay Saturday, Dec. 14: 1:00 – 2:00pm, QS Make your very own holiday ornament with Play with Clay. All materials provided. All Ages. Embroidered Ornaments* Sunday, Dec. 15: 2:00 – 4:00pm, QS Instructor: Stephanie Clarke Take a break from the holiday madness for some mindful stitching with us. Make an embroidered ornament to keep or give as a thoughtful gift. This workshop is suitable for stitchers of all skill levels. All materials provided. Ages 16+ ART COURSES + WORKSHOPS All programs are FREE unless specified = registration required, information on Page 2. Dreamcatcher* Saturday, Jan. 18: 2:00 – 4:00pm, QS (Snow Date: Saturday, Feb. 1), Instructor: Christine Lefebvre Make a dream catcher to take home guided by a local Indigenous Knowledge Keeper. $40.00 + HST. Ages 16+ Weave Your Way!* Saturday, Jan. 25: 1:00 – 4:00pm, QS Instructor: Johanna Thompson Fancy up your walls with a unique wall tapestry you made yourself. $42.00 + HST. Ages 16+ FREE DROP-IN WORKSHOPS Young Interpreters Friday, Jan. 3: 10:30 – 11:30am, QS Calling all young creatives! Bring your big people and join us in the gallery for a family friendly tour of our latest exhibition. After, we will roll out the Art Cart for a hands-on activity that builds on the themes of the show. PROGRAMS
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- 19 ideaexchange.org/art Advanced Photography SLR (Film or Digital)* Mondays: March 30 to April 27 (no class April 13) 7:30 – 9:45pm, QS Instructor: Jason Gennings After an introduction to studio lighting, this four-week class examines low light photography, special effects, photojournalism, and topics raised by the class. Students should master the skills of intermediate photography before registering for this course. Equipment needed: Single Lens Reflex (SLR) or Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens camera, flash light, tiltable flash, timer or remote. $80.00 + HST. Ages 15+ THE ART OF BUSINESS + MAKING Taxes for Artists & Makers* Thursday, Feb. 6: 6:30 – 8:00pm, OPO Instructor: Brenda Potter Phelan Do you have a small creative business and are confused about your taxes? Join accountant and certified financial planner Brenda Potter Phelan as she shares tips and tricks to consider this tax season. Ages 18+ PROGRAMS
- | ART COURSES + WORKSHOPS PHOTOGRAPHY Basics of Photography SLR (Film or Digital)* Mondays: Jan. 13 to Feb. 10 7:30 – 9:45pm, QS Instructor: Jason Gennings In this five-week course learn the basics of good photography through the traditional study of automatic and manual controls, focus, exposure, shutter speed, aperture, flash work, and camera care. Equipment needed: Single Lens Reflex (SLR) or Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens camera. $90.00 + HST. Ages 15+ Intermediate Photography SLR (Film or Digital)* Mondays: Feb. 24 to March 23 (no class March 16) 7:30 – 9:45pm, QS Instructor: Jason Gennings In this four-week course you will discuss the tricks of shooting a variety of subjects including composition, macro-photography, and simple portraiture, whether film or digital. Students should have a firm grasp of their SLR camera’s basic functions. Equipment needed: Single Lens Reflex (SLR) or Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens camera, tripod, magazine, and ideally a tiltable flash. $80.00 + HST. Ages 15+
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- Winter 2020 Teen Tastemakers Mondays: Dec. 16, Jan. 13, and Feb. 3 6:30 – 8:00pm, PR Discuss and review books, movies, and music, provide input about the library collection, write website content, and help with teen events. Refreshments provided. If you are interested in joining, drop in at one of our meetups or submit a volunteer application: ideaexchange.org/volunteer Meet Author Kristen Ciccarelli Thursday, Dec. 19: 10:30 – 11:20am, CM YA author Kristen Ciccarelli reads from her new book, The Sky Weaver. Q&A and book signing to follow.
Cookies and Canvas* Thursday, Jan.
9: 6:30 – 8:00pm, OPO Explore your creative side and learn how to paint a moonlit silhouette. Refreshments and art supplies provided. Teen Nerf Nite* Friday, Jan. 17: 6:00 – 8:00pm, QS Bring your NERF Blaster and foam darts for an amazing all-library battle. Unmodified blasters only, please! Intro to Painting Miniatures* Wednesday, Jan. 22: 6:30 – 8:00pm, CM An introduction to the hobby of painting miniatures. Learn techniques such as priming, colour blocking, and shading.
Pre-Exam Mindfulness Meditation Thursday, Jan. 23: 7:00 – 8:00pm, OPO Learn two mindfulness meditations ahead of exams. Refreshments provided. TEEN HAPPENINGS Programs are for Ages 13 to 18 and FREE unless specified = registration required, information on page 2. Warhammer Club* Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Mar. 11, and Apr. 15 6:00 – 8:00pm, CM From building and painting models to tabletop play, learn more about this interactive hobby. Post-Exams Improv* Friday, Jan. 31: 2:00 – 4:00pm, OPO Try improvisational theatre with The Making Box. Yes, and... it'll be fun! Refreshments provided.
Cursive Writing Workshop* Thursdays: Feb.
6 – 27 6:30 – 8:00pm, CM Learn the skill of cursive handwriting and calligraphy. $10.00 + HST Breaking It Down: Music Remixing* Thursday, Feb. 20: 6:30 – 8:00pm, OPO Learn how to deconstruct, cut, and rearrange audio to create a personalized song version. Narrative 4: Seniors and Teens* Sunday, Feb. 23: 10:00am – 12:00pm, QS Narrative 4 invites you to walk in someone else’s shoes through a guided story exchange, building understanding, and empathy. Leap Day Writing Quest* Saturday, Feb. 29: 2:00 – 5:00pm, QS Creative Writing 101 meets The Amazing Race. Compete in teams with prizes to be won.
Riverdale Escape Room Friday, Mar. 13: 2:00 – 5:00pm, CM Saturday, Mar. 14: 10:00am – 4:30pm, CM Help Archie and the gang as they take on the evils lurking in the seemingly peaceful Riverdale.
21 ideaexchange.org Make Your Own Interactive Art* Friday, Jan. 3: 2:00 – 4:00pm, OPO Create amazing interactive art using code with Java based program OpenProcessing. Ages 9 – 12 Board Game Bonanza Mondays: Jan. 6 – Feb. 24 (excl. Feb. 17) 4:00 – 5:00pm, CM Drop-in for some fun and relaxation after school – play a new game or an old favourite. Ages 8+ Build A Night Light Cube* Thursdays: Jan.
16 – Feb. 13 6:30 – 8:00pm, QS A five-week hands-on introductory course in electronics. Students will complete a battery-operated night light cube that lights up when it is shaken. $27.00, Ages 10+ CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Retro Game Night with Cambridge Gaming Community Thursday, Jan. 16: 6:00 – 8:00pm, OPO A night of retro video gaming for all ages, sponsored by Operandi.
Stemotics Presents LEGO WeDo 2.0 Advance Robotics* Wednesdays: Jan. 22 – Feb. 12 5:30 – 6:30pm, OPO This four-week program uses LEGO bricks with one motor, two sensors, and a connection home. $60.00, Ages 4 – 8 Stemotics Presents VEX IQ Robot* Wednesdays: Jan. 22 – Feb. 12 7:00 – 8:00pm, OPO This four-week program gives students a hands-on learning experience and will spark their interest in engineering through advanced robotics. $60.00, Ages 9 – 14 All programs are FREE unless specified = registration required, information on page 2 Blackball Presents Electronic Music Making* Wednesdays: Feb.
19 – Mar. 11 6:30 – 8:00pm, OPO A four-week course in electronic music performance: learn to play and program synths, vocoders, drum pads—and take part in a synthesized mini-concert.
40.00, Ages 8 – 12 Image courtesy of Blackball.
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- Winter 2020 December STEAM Stay & Play Weekdays: Dec. 2 to 13 10:00am – 12:00pm CM, HE, OPO, PR, QS We’ve lined up new holiday discovery stations for each weekday. STEM Week Monday – Friday, Dec. 30 – Jan. 3 (excl. Jan. 1) 10:30am – 3:30pm, CM, HE, OPO, PR, QS Dive into experiments, explore exciting projects, be creative, and try your hand at innovative technologies. Cartoon Fridays Fridays: Jan. 10 – Feb. 28 4:00 – 5:00pm, OPO Roll into the weekend with some cartoons from Kanopy.
STEAM Stay & Play Saturdays: Jan. 11 – Feb. 29 10:30am – 3:30pm, CM, HE, OPO, PR, QS Something new to explore each week. Family Literacy Day Saturday, Jan. 25: 10:30am – 3:30pm, QS Family Literacy Day is a day to share the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Drop-in for interactive games that explore and celebrate literacy. DROP-IN FOR FUN All programs are FREE and no registration is required. Glow Gala 10:00am – 3:30pm, CM It’s a glow-in-the-dark extravaganza at 10:00am with songs, stories, and games - with a glowing twist. Throughout the day enjoy more colourful Stay & Play activities.
Tech Petting Zoo 10:30am – 3:30pm, PR Paint with Sphero's, code BeeBots, build with Cubelettes, and more.
Unbirthday Bash 10:30am – 3:30pm, HE Celebrate with us at 10:30am for the big birthday party. Stay & Play with us throughout the day with classic party games that celebrate everyone. Ball Bonanza 10:30am – 3:30pm, QS Shake it, roll it, melt it, aim it, break it! You will have a ball on this circular day. Toy Hack 11:30am – 4:30pm, OPO Discover the inner workings of a toy or make your own. All children must be accompanied by an adult. PD DAY: FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 With a special performance by magician Scott Boyd at 2:00pm. See page 3 for more fun on the Family Day Weekend. Monday, Feb. 17: 12:00 - 4:00pm at Clemens Mill
- MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY TOTSTIME 10:00 – 10:30am Birth – 36 mos KINDERGARTEN CONNECTION 10:00 – 10:45am Ages 3 – 5 BABYTIME 10:00 – 10:30am Birth – 12 mos STORIES & STRETCHES 10:00 – 10:30am All Ages TOTSTIME 10:00 – 10:30am Birth – 36 mos STEAM FOR TOTS 10:15 – 11:00am All Ages TOTSTIME 10:15 – 10:45am Birth – 36 mos TOTSTIME 10:15 – 10:45am Birth – 36 mos BABY & ME 10:15 – 10:45am Birth – 12 mos TIME FOR 2S & 3S 10:15 – 10:45am Ages 2 – 3 EXPLORE ON THE FLOOR 10:00 – 11:30am All Ages STORIES & STRETCHES 10:30 – 11:00am All Ages PRESCHOOL PICASSOS 10:30 – 11:00am All Ages STEAM NIGHT 6:30 – 7:30pm All Ages TOTSTIME 10:30 – 11:00am Birth – 36 mos EXPLORE ON THE FLOOR 10:00 – 11:30am All Ages BABY & ME 10:30 – 11:00am Birth – 12 mos MOVE & GROOVE 10:00 – 11:30am All Ages TOTSTIME 9:45 – 10:15am Birth – 36 mos BABY & ME 9:45 – 10:15am Birth – 12 mos TIMES FOR 2S & 3S 9:45 – 10:15am Ages 2 – 3 PRESCHOOL PICASSOS 11:00 – 11:30am All Ages MATH BUDDIES 4:00 – 5:00pm Ages 6+ STEAM STORYTIME 6:30 – 7:00pm All Ages SHAKE, RATTLE & READ 11:00 – 11:30am Ages 10 – 24 mos QUEEN’S SQUARE OPO CLEMENS MILL HESPELER PRESTON BABY & ME 11:00 – 11:30am Birth – 12 mos EXPLORE ON THE FLOOR 10:30 – 11:30am All Ages THE ART OF MATH 6:30 – 7:30pm Ages 5 – 12 MAKE & TAKE 4:00 – 5:00pm Ages 5 – 12 TECH TIME 4:00 – 5:00pm Ages 5 – 12 EXPLORE ON THE FLOOR 10:30 – 11:30am All Ages EXPLORE ON THE FLOOR 10:45 – 11:30am All Ages EXPLORE ON THE FLOOR 10:45 – 11:30am All Ages BABYTIME 2:00 – 2:30pm Birth – 12 mos TECH TIME 4:00 – 5:00pm Ages 6+ STEAM STORYTIME 7:00 – 7:45pm All Ages CODE MASTERS 4:00 – 5:00pm Ages 6+ MOVE & GROOVE 10:00 – 12:00pm All Ages KINDERGARTEN CONNECTION 10:30am – 11:15am Ages 3 – 5 STORIES & STRETCHES 9:45 – 10:15am All Ages EXPLORE ON THE FLOOR 10:15 – 11:15am All Ages EXPLORE ON THE FLOOR 10:15 – 11:15am All Ages KINDERGARTEN CONNECTION 11:00 – 11:45am Ages 3 – 5 KINDERGARTEN CONNECTION 11:00 – 11:45am Ages 3 – 5 THE 4PM PROJECT 4:00 – 5:00pm Ages 5 – 12 EXPLORE ON THE FLOOR 10:30 – 11:30am All Ages KINDERGARTEN CONNECTION 10:15 – 11:00am Ages 3 – 5 TOTSTIME 9:45 – 11:15am Birth – 36 mos BABY & ME 11:00 – 11:30am Birth – 12 mos THE 4PM PROJECT 4:00 – 5:00pm Ages 6+ = registered programs = drop-in programs CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS PROGRAMS
- | CHILDREN'S In-person registration begins Monday, December 30. Phone registration begins Tuesday, December 31. Registered and drop-in programs run from January 6 to February 29.
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- Winter 2020 MAGAZINE WINTER 2020 ideaexchange.org/kids RIVERDALE ESCAPE ROOM FOR TEENS STEM WEEK FAMILY FUN DAY ELECTRONIC MUSIC MAKING