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March Break = Arts Break at the Aurora Cultural Centre!

Bring the kids this afternoon for a free, family-friendly “crafter-noon”. Projects for kids big and small, offered at no charge.

Event time: 1 – 4 pm

This is a drop-in activity afternoon; parents and guardians, please stay and create with your children.
No registration required.
The Centre cannot provide children supervision or individual instruction support.

“Jillian, Jillian, Jillian Jiggs. Your room looks like it was lived in by pigs!”

Tickets: $12 each, or $45 Family 4-pack (HST included). Includes a bonus art workshop after the show!

Tickets are required for children ages 12 months and up.

To purchase, call the Box Office at 905 713-1818, or visit 22 Church Street, Aurora.

All ticket sales are non-refundable.

To some, Miss Jiggs might come across as a young lady who doesn’t want to clean her room. In fact that is not the case at all. She really, really does wants to clean her room, and has every intention of doing so. That was until something caught her eye. A broom, a scrap piece of paper, buttons, rubber gloves, card board boxes, duvets. All of these things may seem like just household objects to some, but not to Jillian. No, these are wigs worn by famous people, or sails on a pirate ship, noses on pigs, chickens on the loose or robots just waiting to come alive.

After the show, join the cast in the Great Hall for “Making Pigs with Jillian Jiggs,” an art activity workshop for the whole family. This event is included in the ticket price, and provides a great reminder of the day!

Combining some of Phoebe Gilman’s most famous stories: Jillian Jiggs, Jillian Jiggs & the Great Big Snow, Jillian Jiggs to the Rescue & The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs, this play is an energetic & imaginative adventure through her imagination. Join us on a journey through her many adventures and help Jillian and her friends find their way home again. Through the combination of live music, dancing, comedy, audience interaction and surprises around every corner we’ve got an action packed show for all ages!

‘Jillian Jiggs’ book by Phoebe Gilman, adaptation by Alexandra Lent. Performance by To Be Determined Theatre Co.

Appropriate for all ages.

Join us for an evening of celebrating the artist Julia Hacker and her new exhibition of large canvases, Botanica.  This free evening will have a cash bar and light refreshments available as you explore the large abstracted botanical life invigorated through Ms. Hacker’s interpretations. Ms. Hacker will be in attendance – a great opportunity to hear directly from the artist about the inspirations and motivations behind the canvas.

Message from the Artist

At some point of my life I became interested in the way the world works outside of the context of human society. The study of the picture of the world fascinates me. In universal meaning we all exist on an equal footing with the flora and fauna. When a person enters into the “big” world, the scale, the ratio change. I stoped dismissing plants, growing at the side of the road. It is a whole different colourful world out there. The closer I get, more I discover. Colours, shapes looks like pieces of mosaic and at the same time all that chaos create a whole picture.While working on my almost abstract paintings-I meditate on intricacy of nature creations and feel humble with my attempt to share it.
My purpose is to engage the viewer, to draw out a sense of wonder and joy through the colours and textures of my work.

About the Artist

Julia Hacker is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist working in a variety of contemporary  mixed media, acrylic paint, collage and illustration. Julia also offers her artwork for rent/sale to  staging companies, real state agents  and interior designers.  juliahacker@hotmail.com

Bhangra is a traditional form of dance originating in the Punjab region that is now often associated with Bollywood films. Its appeal has crossed the globe, with a mix of singing backed up by instruments and percussion.

Would you like to learn the basic steps? Today is the perfect day to try it out, under guidance of a joyful group of Toronto-based practioners who perform Bhangra throughout southern Ontario. Bring the family for a free demonstration between 1 – 3 pm. You will learn a bit about the history of this dance form, watch a demonstration, then learn some basic steps to get you on your way. You’ll look at Bollywood films with a whole new appreciation of the music and culture of Bhangra.

We look forward to welcoming you and the family in a joyful expression of dance!

This event is offered at no charge. Drop by between 1 – 3 pm.

Abstracted botanical life is invigorated through Ms. Hacker’s interpretations on large canvases. Magically bright oils and metallic mixed media combine to create inspirational pieces that speak to the life cycle, daily meditations of growth and discovery.

Message from the Julia

At some point of my life I became interested in the way the world works outside of the context of human society. The study of the picture of the world fascinates me. In universal meaning we all exist on an equal footing with the flora and fauna. When a person enters into the “big” world, the scale, the ratio change. I stoped dismissing plants, growing at the side of the road. It is a whole different colourful world out there. The closer I get, more I discover. Colours, shapes looks like pieces of mosaic and at the same time all that chaos create a whole picture.While working on my almost abstract paintings-I meditate on intricacy of nature creations and feel humble with my attempt to share it.
My purpose is to engage the viewer, to draw out a sense of wonder and joy through the colours and textures of my work.

About the Artist

Julia Hacker is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist working in a variety of contemporary  mixed media, acrylic paint, collage and illustration. Julia also offers her artwork for rent/sale to  staging companies, real state agents  and interior designers.  juliahacker@hotmail.com

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition! Friday March 23, 2017  | 6 – 8pm

An opportunity to try your hand at (rug) hooking with a demo set up by the artists of the Newmarket Hooking Guild.

This is a free opportunity for all ages – all welcome!

Join us in celebrating the inaugural Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts – Performance Arts Night

Since 2011, the Aurora Cultural Centre has engaged the graduating youth visual artists of our community through professional exhibiting opportunities known as the Youth Arts Program. In 2018, we are delighted to announce this programs’ natural metamorphosis into the Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts. The artists’ motivations and technique practices bring forward a world commonly held hidden within the high school’s studio walls. It is also through the students’ enthusiasms and support from our sponsor Geranium Homes, we are proud to include performance arts opportunities in 2018!

Featuring artists from:
  • Aurora High School 
  • Cardinal Carter CHS
  • Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS

The Mayors’ Celebration of Youth Art is generously sponsored by Geranium Homes

Join us in celebrating the inaugural Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts – The Exhibition!
With opening remarks and light refreshments, the evening is a celebration of our community’s graduating high school visual artists.

Since 2011, the Aurora Cultural Centre has engaged the graduating youth artists of our community through professional exhibiting opportunities known as the Youth Arts Program. In 2018, we are delighted to announce this programs’ natural metamorphosis into the Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts. The artists’ motivations and technique practices brings forward a world commonly held hidden within the high school’s studio walls.

2018 Exhibition Features:

  • Aurora High School 
  • Cardinal Carter CHS
  • Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School
  • The Fifth Collection, from St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS
Join us again!

It is also through the students’ enthusiasms we are proud to include performance arts opportunities in 2018!

Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts  – Performance Arts:

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2018

The Mayors’ Celebration of Youth Art is generously sponsored by Geranium Homes

Hooked rugs tell stories about events, people and communities.  Besides their historical interest, they are visually compelling to audiences of all ages.  They range from functional to decorative in use, and from primitive to modern in style.

The Aurora Cultural Centre is pleased to present an exhibition of over 100 traditional hooked rugs created by members of the Newmarket Rug Hooking Guild.

Rug hooking is part of the folk culture in Canada. Traditional hooking uses a hand hook, similar in shape to a crochet hook, to form a looped pile from fabric strips or yarn.  It began as a pioneer craft in the mid-19th century that was part of a tradition that reused and recycled fabrics, including sugar and potato sacks.  Rug hooking has evolved into an art form using sophisticated patterns and materials, including wool, ribbon, yarn, pantyhose and t-shirts.

The Newmarket Rug Hooking Guild is one of the over sixty branches of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild.  Some local members have been hooking rugs for over forty years.  The group includes rug hookers new to the craft, certified rug hooking teachers and rug hookers who have won awards of excellence for the skill and artistry used to make their hooked creations.

We invite you to a hands-on guided experience of traditional rug hooking with the artists from the Newmarket Guild on Wed March 14, 1 – 2:30 pm and Wed April 18, 6 – 7:30 pm.

An opportunity to try your hand at (rug) hooking with a demo set up by the artists of the Newmarket Hooking Guild.

This is a free opportunity for all ages – all welcome!

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