Here is a checklist to help you plan and make the best of your Culture Days experience as a Culture Days Activity Organizer.
Leading up to Culture Days
Plan your event:
Confirm the details including venue, date and time
Verify that your activity will take place during the designated Culture Days weekend: September 26, 27 &/or 28, 2014
Ensure that your activity will be free, open to the public and involve an element of interaction or participation
Register your activity online at culturedays.ca. Be sure to include an eye-catching photo and write a description of your event that will entice visitors. Note: Activities taking place in Québec should be registered following the process indicated at www.journeesdelaculture.qc.ca. Activities taking place in Alberta should be registered following the process indicated at www.albertaculturedays.ca.
Spread the word. Culture Days provides Marketing Tools including promotional materials like the Culture Days logo, poster and flyer template, video bumpers, web banners and badges, as well as a Public Relations Tool Kit which offers detailed advice on how to get local media interested in your event.
During Culture Days
Provide an enjoyable experience for your guests: you are their arts and cultural host for the time that they spend with you. Be sure to end on time in case your guests have another activity to attend.
If you are using someone else’s space, be a respectful guest for your venue host.
Place directional signs in prominent places to ensure that people can easily find your activity.
Use Culture Day marketing materials at your event entrance so guests know they are in the right place.
Keep track of attendance and, with permission, collect contact information and/or business cards to stay in touch after Culture Days.
After Culture Days
Share your photos by uploading them to the Culture Days Flickr pool. Post the photo link on Culture Days Facebook page.
Share your videos: upload your video(s) to the Culture Days YouTube channel. You can also post the video link to the Culture Days Facebook page.
Pat yourself on the back! Consider contributing an article to the Culture Days blog about any new collaborations or experiences for other activity organizers to learn about.
You will be invited to report on your Culture Days experience via an online survey shortly after the event. Have your say! Your feedback is key to ensuring that the movement grows and improves year after year.