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Waterloo is a strong, caring and connected community. During these uncertain times it may be difficult to think of ways to stay creative at home. We are here for you! We have provided helpful resources and links to help keep you stay creative at home!

New this week!

  • Learn how to create an ombre landscape watercolour painting with Steven Sabados, Canadian television host.
  • We are now seeking community feedback for a new piece of public art that will be installed as part of the Albert McCormick Community Centre exterior upgrades. As part of the planned upgrades, two community benches will be crafted in consultation with the community. These benches will resemble seating, like a couch or chesterfield, which one would find in a home. We invite you to take our public art survey, open for the next few weeks.


You can also:

  • Learn how to knit! Here's everything you need to know to get started yourself.
  • Explore art online with the Button Factory’s virtual summer camp sessions. Experience a creativity without leaving your house.
  • The Clay and Glass Gallery is offering a Play with Clay @ Home series. Reserve your spot, pick up your supplies and follow along with the video instruction series. You can make a ceramic charcuterie plate and design a stamp or stencil to decorate it or create any pieces that you desire!


The UpTown Waterloo BIA is launching another gratitude initiative. ‘Uptown Rocks’is your chance to take part in a massive display of love and support to front line workers and everyone facing the challenges of COVID-19.Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Find a perfect rock, grab your paint and craft materials and while at home, decorate some beautiful works of art with words of encouragement and inspiration.
  2. Take a photo of your rock, share on social media and tag us @uptownwaterloo.
  3. While physically distancing and following safety precautions, bring your rock to a participating drop-off location in Uptown (list to come).
  4. In August, the Uptown BIA will create a giant heart out of everyone's painted rocks in the Waterloo Public Square for a photo we can all share and continue to spread the love!


Ideas from City of Waterloo Museum:

  • Waterloo Museum weekly Waterloo only trivia. Play along with us every Tuesday on Instagram!
  • Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tours with City of Waterloo Museum guides. Pre-registration required.
  • City of Waterloo Museum exhibit videos. We Built This City about early Waterloo mayors is a particularly fun one!
  • Over social media, and other platforms, you can expect to participate in:
  1. Museum Mondays - highlighting artifacts in the collection
  2. Tip Tuesdays - tips on conservation, collection and care of objects
  3. Virtual Wednesdays - architecture in Waterloo, past and present
  4. Take Over Thursdays - guest presenters take over our feeds
  5. Feel Good Fridays - anything that brings a smile!

We encourage you to follow the museum on social to learn more about their online offerings.


Ideas from Waterloo Public Library:

  • Throughout this pandemic, the library branches are closed, however, you'll be excited to know they have a host of virtual programs and interactive resources online for people of all ages. We encourage you to visit their website to learn more.


Ideas from our community partners:


How are you staying creative?

Please use the tools below to share your stories and ideas. We'd love to hear from you! And if you have any questions or comments, please leave those below as well. We'll respond to you right away!



Waterloo is a strong, caring and connected community. During these uncertain times it may be difficult to think of ways to stay creative at home. We are here for you! We have provided helpful resources and links to help keep you stay creative at home!

New this week!

  • Learn how to create an ombre landscape watercolour painting with Steven Sabados, Canadian television host.
  • We are now seeking community feedback for a new piece of public art that will be installed as part of the Albert McCormick Community Centre exterior upgrades. As part of the planned upgrades, two community benches will be crafted in consultation with the community. These benches will resemble seating, like a couch or chesterfield, which one would find in a home. We invite you to take our public art survey, open for the next few weeks.


You can also:

  • Learn how to knit! Here's everything you need to know to get started yourself.
  • Explore art online with the Button Factory’s virtual summer camp sessions. Experience a creativity without leaving your house.
  • The Clay and Glass Gallery is offering a Play with Clay @ Home series. Reserve your spot, pick up your supplies and follow along with the video instruction series. You can make a ceramic charcuterie plate and design a stamp or stencil to decorate it or create any pieces that you desire!


The UpTown Waterloo BIA is launching another gratitude initiative. ‘Uptown Rocks’is your chance to take part in a massive display of love and support to front line workers and everyone facing the challenges of COVID-19.Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Find a perfect rock, grab your paint and craft materials and while at home, decorate some beautiful works of art with words of encouragement and inspiration.
  2. Take a photo of your rock, share on social media and tag us @uptownwaterloo.
  3. While physically distancing and following safety precautions, bring your rock to a participating drop-off location in Uptown (list to come).
  4. In August, the Uptown BIA will create a giant heart out of everyone's painted rocks in the Waterloo Public Square for a photo we can all share and continue to spread the love!


Ideas from City of Waterloo Museum:

  • Waterloo Museum weekly Waterloo only trivia. Play along with us every Tuesday on Instagram!
  • Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tours with City of Waterloo Museum guides. Pre-registration required.
  • City of Waterloo Museum exhibit videos. We Built This City about early Waterloo mayors is a particularly fun one!
  • Over social media, and other platforms, you can expect to participate in:
  1. Museum Mondays - highlighting artifacts in the collection
  2. Tip Tuesdays - tips on conservation, collection and care of objects
  3. Virtual Wednesdays - architecture in Waterloo, past and present
  4. Take Over Thursdays - guest presenters take over our feeds
  5. Feel Good Fridays - anything that brings a smile!

We encourage you to follow the museum on social to learn more about their online offerings.


Ideas from Waterloo Public Library:

  • Throughout this pandemic, the library branches are closed, however, you'll be excited to know they have a host of virtual programs and interactive resources online for people of all ages. We encourage you to visit their website to learn more.


Ideas from our community partners:


How are you staying creative?

Please use the tools below to share your stories and ideas. We'd love to hear from you! And if you have any questions or comments, please leave those below as well. We'll respond to you right away!



Please feel free to ask a question or leave a comment below. We'll respond right away!

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