Toronto - On Sat. Sept. 29, Toronto Public Library, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Bata Shoe Museum, Gardiner Museum and Textile Museum of Canada transform the Reference Library into an interactive arts space, as they each present an original art installation. This 'art à la carte' program, taking place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., is part of this year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festivities.
Guests can interact with original art installations – from a giant Twister board with a twist presented by The Bata Shoe Museum, to the creation of an online exhibit with the AGO, to a glass room that celebrates all things blue by the Textile Museum, to a live potter's wheel demonstration from the Gardiner Museum.
On the stage, guests can enjoy all-night film screenings from the library's collection, as well as films inspired by our program. These include a midnight showing of Dirty Dancing, connected to the TD Gallery exhibit, "Stage Struck: 100 Years of the Royal Alex." The public will also get a rare screening of Alan Zweig's acclaimed 2000 documentary Vinyl, introduced by Zweig himself.
Outside on Yonge Street, guests can watch art-in-motion at the Arts Café – from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. – featuring stilt-walkers, contortionists, drummers and living sculptures.
The partner institutions participating in 'art à la carte' are also part of the library's Sun Life Financial Museum and Arts Pass (MAP) program, launched in 24 library branches this past July. The MAP program allows Toronto families, particularly those in 13 priority neighbourhoods as identified by the city, to visit Toronto's top arts and culture destinations for free.