Cultural Symposium November 23


Annual Cultural Symposium

Huron County’s Annual Cultural Symposium is set for Saturday, November 23 at the Blyth Centre for the Arts.  The focus for this year’s event will be the new Municipal Cultural Plan being developed by the County of Huron. Those attending the Symposium will get a look at the first draft of the plan. Participants will have an opportunity to assist in the Plan’s development through feedback and input on the recommended strategic directions for the cultural plan.

Our featured speaker this year is artist and illustrator Randy Jones. Randy was born in Exeter Ontario and he was always off in a corner drawing pictures. He had a dream to become an artist. After taking an excellent four-year art course at HB Beal Secondary School in London, he moved to Toronto to illustrate classical books for the University of Toronto Press. Shortly thereafter, he began illustrating for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and major Canadian magazines.  After four  years in Toronto, Randy was drawn to New York City to pursue his illustrating career. He had a loft on Bleecker Street in the middle of another downtown art scene, a block from the infamous CBGB’s. He began working mainly for the New York Times, and then other clients like the Wall Street Journal, Playboy, United Features Syndicate, Cambridge University Press, New York Newsday and many major worldwide publications. He is the co-founder of an artist run editorial syndicate called INX. Now this has led into a self-publishing company called, Now What Media.  Randy is looking forward to creating more Canadian art subjects, bronze sculptures, cartoon strips, and graphic novels. 

The Cultural Symposium will also provide updates on Huron Arts & Heritage Network’s activities over the past year and their upcoming projects. Attendees will get a first look at the new cultural tourism brochure for Huron County, plus plenty of opportunity to meet, mingle, commiserate and inspire with others from the arts, culture and heritage communities of Huron County.

The Cultural Symposium is Saturday, November 23 at the Blyth Centre for the Arts, 431 Queen Street Blyth. The day begins at 9:30 AM and wraps up around 2:30 PM.  There is a $10.00 fee to cover the cost of the provided  lunch.

To register please contact: Rick Sickinger, Cultural Development Officer, or 519-482-5457 ext.8 no later than Wednesday, November 20 at 5:00 PM.

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