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ICC Cultural Access Pass comes to London . . . yay!

- October 23rd, 2012

One of the best projects around is coming to “pass” in London  . . as a former member of the London Heritage Council board, I was somewhat aware of plans for the ICC Cultural Access Pass here  . . . but wow . . . look at these details … congratulations to all involved. Here is the announcement sent out by the London Arts Council & the London Heritage Council via Kristin Holbrook:

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) officially launches
its unique Cultural Access Pass (CAP) program in the City of London during a citizenship ceremony at the
Wolf Performance Hall. Working with the London Arts Council and London Heritage Council, 23 attractions
will join the program (
full list below
).
CAP provides London’s newest Canadian citizens, and their children, a year of free access to arts
organizations, museums, historic sites, as well as national and provincial parks across the country. The
program offers a wealth of Canadian experiences including exclusive travel discounts with VIA Rail
Canada and access to volunteer and employment resources.
“The Cultural Access Pass program connects London’s arts and heritage organizations to Canada’s
newest citizens and helps us further our collective mandate of engaging citizens in local culture,” states
Andrea Halwa, Executive Director, London Arts Council. “We’re proud to be a part of this successful
national program.”
Andrea Hallam, Executive Director, London Heritage Council
agrees:
“CAP is a perfect way for
participating attractions to grow a new audience base. We’re excited to build relationships with new
citizens and will encourage them to play an active role as visitors, volunteers, even employees.”
As of today, members can begin picking up their CAP membership cards (once they’ve completed the
online registration process) at London Arts Council/London Heritage Council Office, London Cross
Cultural Learner Centre and South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre.
Beginning Thursday, November 1, 2012, CAP members can visit these 23 London attractions: Aeolian
Hall, Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Eldon House,
Fanshawe Chorus London, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, Forest City Gallery (FCG), Grand Theatre, Home
County Music & Art Festival, Karen Schuessler Singers, London Clay Art Centre, London Pro Musica,
London Regional Children’s Museum, London Youth Symphony, McIntosh Gallery, Museum London,
Museum of Ontario Archaeology, Orchestra London, Palace Theatre, Royal Canadian Regiment Museum,
Secrets of Radar Museum, Sunfest and The ARTS Project.
CAP was launched a mere four years ago with only six Toronto-based attractions. With the welcome
addition of London to the program, CAP’s national roster of attractions has expanded to almost 1,200.
“Last year, London welcomed 2,200 new citizens and it’s our hope that all of London’s newest citizens will
sign-up and visit the fantastic attractions in their local community,” said Gillian Hewitt Smith, ICC
Executive Director and CEO. “Our expansion here is the result
of
a strong relationship we’ve built with the
London Arts Council and London Heritage Council. We support their dedication to create an inclusive and
culturally diverse city.”
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ABOUT THE CULTURAL ACCESS PASS PROGRAM (CAP)
Introducing Canadian experiences. Building relationships.
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass program is a gift to Canada’s newest
citizens and their children. It opens doors by offering a year of free access to almost 1,200 Canadian
attractions (museums, historic sites, national and provincial parks) across the country. CAP connects new
citizens to a variety of Canadian experiences, including travel discounts with VIA Rail Canada and access
to volunteer and employment resources. It’s also a great way for Canada’s cultural attractions to connect
with new audiences. With the support of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, CAP is introduced to every
new Canadian citizen at their citizenship ceremony (approximately 170,000 people each year). To date,
more than 55,000 new citizens have participated in the program. CAP is generously supported by the
Canadian Museums Association and the RBC Foundation. More CAP details, including a full list of
participating attractions, can be found here:
culturalaccesspass.ca
.
ABOUT THE ICC
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) is a national, non-profit organization that engages Canadians
in active citizenship. Through innovative programs and partnerships, the ICC works to ensure new citizens
are welcomed and included as equals, create meaningful connections among all Canadians, foster a
culture of engaged citizens and celebrate
what
it means to be Canadian. Our Building Citizenship program
welcomes and connects new citizens by hosting community-led citizenship ceremonies across Canada.
Our Cultural Access Pass (CAP) program introduces new citizens to Canadian experiences by offering a
year of free access to almost 1,200 cultural attractions from coast-to-coast-to-coast. The LaFontaine-
Baldwin Symposium, our intellectual platform, is a national, interactive lecture on citizenship. And ICC
Insights, our partner-focused initiative, brings new citizen voices to national conversations through
collaborative projects. The ICC was founded and is co-chaired by the Right Honourable Adrienne
Clarkson and John Ralston Saul, and is supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). For
more information, visit
icc-icc.ca
. You can also follow us on Twitter (
@ICCICC
).
ABOUT THE LONDON ARTS COUNCIL
The London Arts Council is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and the creative vitality of London by
nurturing awareness of, involvement in, and commitment to, excellence of all levels of arts and culture in
London. We offer programs and services that provide information, education and training, consultation
and collaboration, representation and networking opportunities to Londoners, visitors, and the arts
community. For more information visit:
londonarts.ca
and follow us on Twitter @LdnArtsCouncil.
ABOUT THE LONDON HERITAGE COUNCIL
The
London Heritage Council is a not-for-profit cultural heritage umbrella organization. Our mission is to
inspire, nurture and manage innovative initiatives through collaboration and coordination in the region.
The London Heritage Council is THE resource for London’s diverse heritage. For more information visit:
londonheritage.ca
and follow us on Twitter @heritagecouncil.

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