All things arts and culture are being celebrated in Richmond Hill during Culture Days Sept. 22 to Oct. 15, beginning with an art walk and studio tour.
A variety of no-cost, barrier-free events highlights artists, creators, historians, architects, curators and designers in the local community.
"Culture Days is bringing the diversity, culture and spirit of our community to life," according to a City of Richmond Hill news release.
- Art Walk and Studio Tour, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Explore art exhibits both indoors and outdoors at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, as well as six different artist studios across the city. Numerous art disciplines and mediums will be on display.
- Visual Art Gallery Exhibitions – September and October: Experience a preview of artwork that will be displayed at this year’s ArtWalk by artists and artisans throughout September. In October, view local artist Kate Greenway’s exhibit, featuring mixed media of watercolour and glass. Located in the main lobby of the Centre for the Performing Arts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.
- Boynton House Exhibitions: Discover three art exhibitions at this beautifully restored heritage building: The Sweet Art Group of Artists, Sept. 12 to 24; James Kane Photography, Sept. 25 to 29; Artists’ Co-Op Richmond Hill, Oct. 2 to Dec. 31.
- Richmond Hill Public Library Culture Days Hub: Drop by the Central Library for a whirlwind of music, dance and visual arts. Try your hand at basket weaving or Taiwanese paper art, sing with a choir or polish your Bollywood dance skills. View the complete list of events at rhpl.ca/culture-days.
- Explore Old Richmond Hill – Open all hours: Take advantage of the city’s Museum of the Streets with a free self-guided tour of some of our community’s most interesting heritage sites. You can choose how many stops you visit and how much time you spend at each one.
- RH150 Murals Self-Guided Walking Tour: Visit 13 mural sites at your leisure in celebration of Richmond Hill’s 150th anniversary. Murals include a large piece at the Richmond Green Sports Centre, as well as Bell Boxes and City Park Storage Bunkers across all six wards.
- Tour a National Historic Site – September and October: Drop by the Richmond Hill David Dunlap Observatory, the city’s very own national historic site, for a self-guided tour of the Administration Building and the Observatory Dome from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.
- Visit the Galleries: Take in the new galleries and exhibits at the Heritage Centre, showcasing the rich heritage and history of Richmond Hill. Open Tuesdays 1 to 4 p.m., Thursdays 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Culture Days is celebrated in hundreds of cities and towns across Canada. Explore and discover culture locally through visual arts, music, dance, theatre, architecture, heritage, film and video, literature, culinary arts and new media. Take part in Culture Days to experience the way arts and culture shapes our lives.
For more information and the 2023 event schedule, visit RichmondHill.ca/CultureDays.