So what’s Ello?

“Hot Topics” blog posts come from the desk of Sam Mogelonsky, our Communications & Social Media Coordinator.

Ello – It’s the newest social media on the block this month. Everyone has been talking about the developer’s approach to creating a social media platform that not only looks good, but functions without generating advertising revenue as a primary goal.

Ello was originally built by a group of seven well-known artists and programmers as a private social network. Over time, so many people wanted to use Ello that they built a public version of Ello. The network is still in the beta stage, but new features and users are being added every day. The main user appeal, apart from the streamlined design functionality, is that Ello does not sell ads or sell personal data to third parties.

After reading a bit about Ello, and playing around with it a bit myself, I decided to add the RMG to the community and be an early adopter of this network. So if you’re on Ello, come say hello and follow us at https://ello.co/thermg

Hot Topics – Creative Social comes to the RMG

Hot topic posts come from the desk of Jacquie Severs, Manager, Communications & Social Media

The RMG was proud host to Creative Social: Oshawa, last Thursday, 28 June. This came as a result of a conversation I had with Dana Jackson, the very first time I met her at an RMG Friday event. She was enthusiastic about that event series, and knew the RMG would be the perfect Oshawa host for this event that travels through the Region of Durham. Dana told me that Creative Social events encourage entrepreneurs, artists and other members of Durham Region’s creative community to come together to connect, inspire one another and develop new business opportunities.

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The Oshawa event was fortuitously timed. Our CEO Gabrielle Peacock, along with RMG Curator Linda Jansma, City of Oshawa staff, engineers and City Council had been working on a plan to arrange and accept an extended loan-to-gift of a significant outdoor sculpture called Upstart II by Clement Meadmore. For my part, I had been using Photoshop to imagine where the sculpture might end up and how it would look. Also, I was doing my best not to spoil the surprise by telling, or tweeting, the news to anyone. Here’s one of those photo composites.

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The sculpture will be conserved and prepared for installation over the summer, with its official unveiling during Culture Days this fall, on Friday 28 September at 2pm. It will be approximately located as pictured above.

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Photo by Marina Osmond: Gabrielle Peacock announcing Upstart II

The event was jam packed, with presentations from Oshawhat Magazine editor Erin Elliott, Oshawa Downtown Development Office David Tuley, Members from the Spark Centre, Skopworks, and of course Dana from Creative Social and Kerri King, Tourism Manager for Durham Region, who partnered in the event.

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Photo by Marina Osmond: Erin Elliott talks about the immediate and overwhelming popularity of Oshawhat.ca

David Tuley has been working on bringing a Creative Centre to downtown Oshawa for some time. It first hit my radar two years ago when the RMG hosted a workshop by Artscape, who are a Toronto-based organization who help transform old properties (like the Wychwood Barns for example) into new, creative spaces. I was able to participate in this event and some of the discussions that have followed, and have been hoping and wishing the right pieces would fall into place. These sorts of spaces allow for small not for profit organizations, artists, craftspeople, designers and others to rent small spaces for varying amounts of time. There are examples across the world of successful shared spaces like this. It’s exciting to see one come to Oshawa.

With the addition of Independent Project Managers, David was able to announce the shared space would become a reality. A naming competition was announced, and the $500 prize was awarded at the event to the winning entry from local artist Margaret Rogers, for her name The Core.

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Photo by Marina Osmond: David Tuley talks about his big ideas.

After the talks, a film collective called The Goldfish Pool showed their time lapse film of Oshawa called Oshawacentric.

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The crowd stuck around to mix and mingle, share ideas and come up with ways to collaborate. And eat some of Mad Café’s treats.

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Photo by Marina Osmond: Treats from Mad Café

The next Creative Social is to be held in Ajax at another creative space reuse example, the St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts & Culture. This centre, built in the former St. Francis deSales Church (built 1871) is newly retrofitted and can serve as a community performance, meeting, and reception space. I am looking forward to attending to check out the beautiful building it all its restored glory. This community project had team members two years ago at the Artscape event I mentioned. They were excited to launch this space.

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Photo of the St. Francis Centre via Toronto Observer

In industrial communities, creative thinking about space reuse serves as just one symbol of transformation. Public sculptures serve as symbols as well. These symbols aren’t just visual references though. They are physical examples of revived communities, ones whose members pull together to create action, to improve lives, and to bring arts in culture into the day-to-day experiences of all community members. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the revitalization of Oshawa, especially in the downtown core. See some of the links below to learn more about some of these projects.

Learn about the artist Clement Meadmore and Upstart II

Creative Social

Oshawhat.ca

Artscape

The Art of Transition

St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts, and Culture

Spark Centre

The Goldfish Pool

Marina Osmond Photography

Mad Café

Archibald’s Estate Winery

Downtown Oshawa in Transition:

Downtown Oshawa Farmers’ Market

Downtown Oshawa Sidewalk Sale

Downtown Oshawa BIA

The City of Oshawa

 

Creative Centre Naming Competition Announcement

WANTED

 A GOOD NAME  – 

$500 REWARD

14 June 2012 

Creative Centre for keen Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Artists needs a name. Reward Offered.

For years there have been rumblings in Durham Region about the need for a flexible and dynamic space where the like-minded can collaborate, exchange ideas, expand networks, find an affordable office or studio, share amenities, teach a class or stage an event.  It felt like it was never going to happen.  

But now it is coming. It will occupy a happening spot in the centre of Downtown Oshawa.  It will be a home for like-minded entrepreneurs, innovators and artists.  

BUT, therein lies the problem.  It cannot be referred to as an “it”.  What should it be named?  There’s always calling it “Creative Centre”; well, that’s boring.  “Flying Bananas”, maybe.  What would you name it? 

Your idea may be worth $500.  Please submit your royalty-free concept(s) by June 26th, 2012 in a SINGLE email and mark the subject line as NEW NAME to: info@ipmanagers.ca

A panel of judges will review your submissions,  these are: Erin Elliott, OshaWhat Magazine‘s editor; Gabrielle Peacock, Robert McLaughlin Gallery CEO; David Tuley, Downtown Development Officer; and Chris Baylis, Independent Project Managers VP.  Lobbying or contacting the judges will result in disqualification.  Of course, any and all submissions can be denied.

The winner will be contacted prior to and then publicly announced at the Creative Social event, Thursday, June 28th, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. For more information or tickets for the event see www.creativesocial.ca.