Culture

In Centre Wellington Culture Matters!

Centre Wellington is known for its culture. It is the heart of our community and what makes us truly stand out from the crowd. Over the past few years several initiatives have been put in place to support our Cultural community. The Cultural Action Plan, built on intense community engagement, guides how the Township continues to press forward on important Cultural enterprises in our community.

Information is at your fingertips on creative cultural industries and organizations in the Cultural Directory.

We can help enhance your event with resources and support from our Cultural Resource Centre and Community Development team.

And of course we love to celebrate our local culture with Doors Open and Culture Days.

Let's Talk Culture

What do you love about Centre Wellington?

 

We want to hear from everyone who loves, works and plays in our community to better understand how we enjoy, learn and create in Centre Wellington. Your feedback will help the Township find new ways we can support and grow our community. Learn more and complete a survey at connectcw.ca/lets-talk-culture 

Cultural Action Plan

Centre Wellington enthusiastically embarked on a Cultural Planning Process in 2012-2013 with the following outcomes.

  • Engage the community to the fullest extent
  • Create a detailed inventory of cultural treasures (our cultural map​)
  • Develop a plan to guide Centre Wellington's economic and cultural growth

The result of 2 years of consultation and research engaged 1000+ community members and demonstrated that in Centre Wellington Culture Matters. The resulting Cultural Action Plan outlined 3 themes with 7 goals and 33 recommendations to develop the vision of culture in this amazing community.​

Culture Days 2023: Make It BIG

The Township of Centre Wellington (Elora & Fergus Tourism) and the Elora Fergus Arts Council have joined forces to make this year's Culture Days, a celebration of arts and culture, one to remember. The chosen theme for Centre Wellington is "Make It BIG" - so, how would you like to make it big?

We are looking to create free or pay-what-you-may interactive arts and culture events and activities during Culture Days to encourage participation in the arts and cultural life of Centre Wellington. Anyone can submit a request to organize and run an event and participation in Making It BIG for Culture Days! We're calling on event organizers from the full spectrum of cultural creators - from grassroots community volunteers, independent artists, artisans and teachers, to major arts, culture and heritage institutions, libraries, specialty festivals, arts businesses and municipalities - there is always room for more organizers to Make it BIG!

 

Inspired? Click here to submit your BIG idea for Culture Days 2023!

Deadline to submit your BIG idea: Friday, March 31st 2023 at 4:30 p.m.

 

Head to Culture Days Ontario for more info! 

 

Cultural Directory

The Cultural Directory, developed from the​​ Cultural Map features the cultural highlights, businesses and organizations within Centre Wellington.​ Find information or a cultural treasure, look for opportunities to collaborate, or plan an event. The directory is your guide to cultural information.

Cultural Resource Centre

Want your event to be in ship shape?  We are here to help!

Our goal is to maximize year-round event support to organizations who wish to stage wildly successful community events in Centre Wellington and surrounding areas.  At the events resource centre we can assist events to be better organized and safe, resulting in the ultimate visitor experiences and favourable economic consequences for the community.

How does the Cultural Resource Centre Work (CRC)?

  • The CRC is a supportive setting/one stop shop for cultural organizations serving the community.
  • It offers event resources for rent
  • Community groups/event organizers become partners and share resources in exchange for storage, maintenance and insurance of those resources. ​
  • Partners "rent" their resources at no charge and receive a 25% discount off the rental price for other resources
  • Other events or groups (non-partners) can also rent resources at the full rental cost.

Cultural Resource Inventory & Order Form

How to become a partner​

If you are interested renting equipment or in becoming a partner, please contact Paula Sealey, Community Development Coordinator at paulasealey@centrewellington.ca 

Do you have a surplus of equipment that could be of use to a community event?  Please contact us to discuss!

Centre Wellington Water Cart

Thanks to a successful and positive partnership of major festival groups and the Township, a refurbished water cart has been jointly purchased by the Fergus Scottish Festival, Riverfest Elora, Fergus Fall Fair and the Elora Festival along with the Township to provide free municipal water for festivals and events in Centre Wellington.​  

The cart has four water bottle fillers, four drinking fountains and meets accessibility requirements.  The cart is on wheels and will hook directly into a municipal water spigot.  If you are interested in renting the water cart for your festival or event please fill out the Watercart Application Form or email us.  Please see photos of the cart below under our inventory section.  

Doors Open

Doors Open is a free province wide event designed to create access, awareness and excitement about local heritage by providing residents and visitors with an opportunity to explore place and spaces they don't get to see every day. Locally Doors Open is the third Saturday in June. Celebrate local heritage with us – hear the stories, discover the spaces, make some memories!

Host an Event

Want your event to be in ship shape?  We are here to help!

Our goal is to maximize year-round event support to organizations who wish to stage wildly successful events in Centre Wellington and surrounding areas.  By providing an events resource centre we can assist events to be better organized and safe, resulting in the ultimate visitor experience with favourable economic consequences for the community.

 

Contact Paula Sealey, Community Development Coordinator, at paulasealey@centrewellington.ca 

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