Active At Home: Arts and culture

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From Behind the Mask: A Community Quilt of COVID-19 Stories 

A free community-based art project that provides residents across Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo with the opportunity to come together – while apart – to make something that will remain as a memorial, acknowledge inequality, and act as a starting point for healing.

To get involved, you can contribute a quilt block to the quilt, which will be displayed publicly in the community. Quilt blocks will also be documented virtually online. For full instructions, visit the From Behind the Mask website.

Virtual Cooking Class with the Kitchener Market

Join our professional chefs from the comfort of your own home as we present a Virtual Cooking Class series every Wednesday evening. Chef Nicole and Chef Rob will be providing instruction on simple, tasty recipes that you can enjoy with your family from your own kitchen. This month we are going to be featuring food perfect for chilly autumn nights. These fall dinner ideas are the ultimate in soul-warming comfort food. Join us on the City of Kitchener's Facebook page each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to watch. For more information, visit the Kitchener Market events calendar.

Virtual Kids in the Kitchen

Join Chef Nicole as she brings her kitchen to you on Saturday mornings. Follow along for our Virtual Kids in the Kitchen series with instruction on simple, fun recipes that you can enjoy with your children. Ingredients for each session will be posted earlier in the week to give you time to prepare. Visit our event calendar for more information or keep on eye on the City of Kitchener Facebook page.

Region of Waterloo’s In This Together Window Display

It’s been a tough year, but one thing is for certain: As a region, we have come together to help support and protect each other. Show your Regional-pride by participating in the Region of Waterloo’s window display project by printing and displaying this In This Together sign.

Make History with the Region of Waterloo Museums

Region of Waterloo Museums, Region of Waterloo Archives, and Region of Waterloo Library are looking for the public’s help in recording accounts of everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic for future generations. Share your written accounts, photographs, or video recordings by email with the subject line “Writing COVID-19 History”. You can also visit Engage Region of Waterloo to share information and take a survey. For more information on how to contribute or to view current submissions, visit the Help Us Make History page.

#KitchenerSaysThanks Concert Series

Check out past performances of #KitchenerSaysThanks live concert and programming series here.

Kitchener Public Library's KW Indigenous Bike Tour

Check out the Kitchener Public Library's KW Indigenous Bike Tour. You can load the map on your mobile device or print a PDF for a brief overview of locations in Downtown Kitchener that show Indigenous history and culture. The route takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete by bike, or three hours by foot. Before you get started, get road ready with these safety tips from King Street Cycles on the Where Community Connects blog post

Practice Your English with the Kitchener Public Library

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer, all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.

Reading Central Book Club with the Kitchener Public Library

While we may not be able to meet in person right now, book clubs are still a great way to connect socially and stay engaged! Stay tuned to the Kitchener Public Library website for all upcoming book club dates.

Create 31 Art Challenge

Challenge yourself to 31 minutes of creativity for 31 days. Take the Create 31 challenge with your community, friends, and family by following along on Instagram.

Made in Kitchener Industrial Artifacts Walking Tour

Download the Made in Kitchener Walking Tour brochure and Kitchener's industrial artifacts map to explore many of Kitchener’s industrial artifacts.

Public Art Collection Tour

Download the Kitchener public art map to explore the city’s collection of public art.

Downtown Kitchener Art Walk

Kitchener has a budding art scene. See all of the art installations and murals within the downtown Kitchener core with the Field Guide to DTK’s Art Walk.

DTK’s While You’re at Home Video Series

Check out Downtown Kitchener’s video series featuring tips and tricks from your favourite local businesses from downtown Kitchener on the Downtown Kitchener YouTube page.

DTK’s Placemaking Colouring Book

Colour, design a pop-up park, draw a mural or create a new street sign with the DTK Placemaking Colouring Book! Check it out by visiting the download page for a printable PDF version.

Art Incubate Window Gallery by Art$Pay

The Art Incubate window gallery, as a part of Art$Pay, is an experimental exhibition space that allows artists to exhibit new work without a formal jurying process. The Window Gallery invites you to enjoy the art safely from outside while practicing physical distancing. For more information on current exhibitions, visit the Art$Pay website.

Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region 2020

Doors Open has been a staple event in our Region since 2003. This year’s Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region event is an entirely virtual experience that delivers fascinating stories with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to some of the region’s most interesting sites. The Digital Doors Open episodes, spanning 5 to 10 minutes in length, can be viewed on the Region of Waterloo's YouTube Playlist

Waterloo & Kitchener Restaurants, Cafes and Grocery Stores Open During COVID-19

Support local and check out the all new custom Google map of restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and bodegas in Kitchener and Waterloo that are open and offering pick-up, curbside or delivery services during the pandemic. 

WR United Art Fresco Public Art Project 

The Art Fresco Public Art Project, presented by Explore Waterloo Region, is a whimsical tour of a series of unique picnic tables hand painted by talented local artisans. These extraordinary pieces are being hosted at various restaurants and patios around the Region to inject some vibrancy into a sector that was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents are invited to enjoy the tables, make memories, and take photos. Sharing on social media is encouraged using the hashtag #ArtFrescoDining. 

WR United Virtual Backgrounds

For work, catching up with family, or even virtual get togethers with friends, choose from WR United's new library of Zoom backgrounds and showcase Waterloo Region in your next video call. 

Waterloo Region Museum@Home

The Waterloo Region Museum has developed a variety of activities to keep you and your family engaged at home. Check out the Museum@Home page for recipes, exhibition videos and virtual field trips. 

Check out more Active At Home programs and activities: 

For more on programs and events, including paid and in-person programming, please visit the following webpages:

For a list of weekly activities, programs and events happening in Kitchener, visit our Week at a Glance page.

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