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This Year's Event
Doors Open Background
What is Doors Open Guelph?
Doors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. The program aims to showcase and celebrate the hidden gems as well as the great resources, businesses, and creative spaces in Guelph.
Doors Open Guelph is a program of Guelph Arts Council. Guelph Arts Council is a not-for-profit, charitable community arts council dedicated to the encouragement, stimulation and co-ordination of arts and heritage activities in Guelph and surrounding areas.
What is the History of Doors Open Guelph?
Doors Open Guelph was launched by Guelph Arts Council in partnership with Heritage Guelph and Guelph Tourism in 2002 to celebrate Guelph's 175th anniversary and to increase awareness of the City's tremendously rich architectural and historical heritage. Since 2002, Guelph Arts Council has delivered the annual program, recording an average of some 6,000+ site visitors per year to many of Guelph's finest buildings whose owners have generously opened their doors for free public tours. Between 25 and 50 per cent of those attending each year have been visitors to Guelph. One of the main reasons for the past success of Doors Open Guelph events has been the enthusiasm and hard work of close to 150 volunteers who have served as tour guides, sweeps (following along behind the tours), greeters, counters, researchers, sign crew, photographers, and more.
Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, an Ontario Heritage Trust province-wide initiative that was also launched in 2002 to celebrate community heritage. The intent of Doors Open Guelph is to build awareness of creative, artistic, cultural, built, and natural heritage among community residents and visitors by providing free access to buildings and properties of architectural and historical value. Doors Open Guelph has had the distinction of being the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario, opening the province-wide initiative for several years.
When is Doors Open Guelph?
The 2016 event will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Once again, it will be the first of more than 50 such events taking place across the province.
Who runs Doors Open Guelph?
Doors Open Guelph is delivered by Guelph Arts Council. As a charity, Guelph Arts Council is supported by operating funds from the City of Guelph and the Ontario Arts Council. However, most of our funding comes from donations, sponsorship, our members, events, and the delivery of programs like Doors Open Guelph, Art on the Street, and our Historical Walking Tours.
As a membership-based organization, we ask that businesses and participants in Doors Open Guelph consider contributing to the success of Guelph Arts Council and Doors Open Guelph by becoming a member or by showing your support of our mandate and mission by becoming a sponsor, making a donation, providing site-specific volunteers or by helping us promote Doors Open Guelph throughout your own networks and community.
Who is Funding Doors Open Guelph?
Doors Open Guelph is funded by Guelph Arts Council with the support of the City of Guelph. Additional funding and support is sourced through sponsorships, donations and in-kind contributions from community businesses.
Where can one get more information?
Patti Broughton, Executive Director
Guelph Arts Council
404- 147 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4E9
What buildings will be open for Doors Open Guelph?
You can also view sites on Doors Open Ontario's website http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/guelph
Bonus Site: Trails Open - Arkell Woolen Mill and Dam Ruins
Meet at Barber Scout Camp parking area, off Stone Road East. 733 Stone Rd E, Guelph, ON N1L 1B8
Thank you to our 2016 Site Sponsors:
Call for Volunteers: Doors Open Guelph
Doors Open Guelph (April 23, 2016) is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. The program aims to showcase and celebrate the hidden gems as well as the great resources, businesses, and creative spaces in Guelph. For more on this year's sites, see above.
As of March 23 there are 50 spots left! High school students, adults, seniors, all are welcome to volunteer.
1) Tour Guides of historical buildings and creative spaces
2) Greeters to meet the public and organize tour group
3) Counters to assist the greeter and count participants
4) Sweepers to follow the tours and keep participants moving
5) Help-on-Wheels to help deliver posters in April, deliver signage and supply box to sites on the morning of the event, and retrieve them at end of day.
Volunteer shifts on event day are 9:30 - 1:00 or 12:45 - 4:15. Help-on-wheels needed pre-event, and on event day
Volunteer Training: Greeters, Sweeps, Counters and Tour Guides all receive training at their assigned/chosen site, on an evening in advance of the event. Training sessions are 1-2 hours.
When you join our Doors Open Guelph volunteer team, you're helping to keep this highly regarded non-profit community event on top!
Please register your volunteer interest on this quick and easy signup form http://guelpharts.ca/doors-open-guelph-volunteeer-availability-signup
Training Dates & Volunteer needs - Updated April 15
|Bisson Dentistry||Training date: Tues, April 5, 1:00 pm||Full - thank you, volunteers!|
|199 Woolwich Street N1H 3V4|
|Dr. Reymarie Yabut Family Dentristy||Training date: Fri, April 8, 2:00 pm||Full - thank you, volunteers!|
|215 Woolwich Street N1H 3V4|
|41 Meadowview (historical home & artist studio)||Training date: Wednesday, April 6, 4:00 pm||Volunteers needed|
|41 Meadowview Ave, N1H 5S7|
|Sleeman Breweries||Training date: Tues April 12, 1:00 pm||Full - thank you, volunteers!|
|551 Clair Road West, N1L 1E9|
|Woodside (historical home)||Training date: Wed. April 6, 1:00 pm||Full - thank you, volunteers!|
|40 Spring Street, N1E 1Z8|
|Woodlawn Cemetery Gate house||Training date: Mon, April 4, 3:00 pm||Volunteers needed|
|Woodlawn Memorial Park, 760 Woolwich Street, N1H 3Z1|
|Muslim Society||Training date: Wed, April 13, 6:00 pm||Full - thank you, volunteers!|
|286 Water St.|
|Blue Iris Studios||Training date: Fri, April 8, 3:00 pm||Full - thank you, volunteers!|
|191 Woolwich Street (side door of 193 Woolwich) N1H 3V4|
|Hammond Radio Museum||Training date: Thurs, April 7, 1:00 pm||Full - thank you, volunteers!|
|595 Southgate Drive , N1G 3W6|
|Guelph Hydro||Training date: Tues, April 12, 3:00 pm||Full - thank you, volunteers!|
|395 Southgate Drive, N1G 4Y1|
|Dixon’s Distilled Spirits||Training date: Wed. April 13 – time TBD||Volunteers needed|
|355 Elmira Road North, N1K1S5|
|Trinity United Church||Training date: Monday, April 4, 1:00 pm||All roles covered by site Full - thank you, volunteers!|
|400 Stevenson Street North N1E 5C3|
|Trails Open||None||All roles covered by site Full - thank you, volunteers!|